David Wolfe is a successful American lawyer being primed for a run for Congress. But when the phone rings and he hears the voice of Hana Arif—the Palestinian woman with whom he had a secret affair in law school—he begins a completely unexpected journey.
The next day, the prime minister of Israel is assassinated by a suicide bomber while visiting San Francisco. Soon, Hana is accused of being the mastermind behind the murder. Now David faces an agonizing choice: Will he, a Jew, represent her?
The most challenging case of David's career requires that he delve deep into the lives of Hana and her militant Palestinian husband, all the way back to Israel and the West Bank. There he uncovers the couple's dangerous connections…culminating in an explosive trial where the stakes are Hana's life—and the future of two peoples.
“Torn from the headlines…. Exile delivers.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Artful…compelling.” —USA Today
“Exile’s political backdrop is vividly wrought.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Patterson is superb at placing complicated social and political issues within the context of fiction. … An educational, moving read.” —Detroit News
“Through his artful writing, Patterson presents compelling arguments for both sides… Weaving a powerful love story into this vast portrait of political divisiveness is no small feat, but Patterson does it gracefully.” —USA Today
“Patterson delves evenhandedly into both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict, making this a fascinating and timely read. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal
“A gripping and emotionally complicated political saga. Richly detailed scenes set in Jerusalem and West Bank Palestinian camps seem to play out right beneath the ink on today’s front page.” —News & Observer
“Compelling … a beautifully crafted novel with a suspenseful plot, several twists, a revived love story and enough political intrigue to keep the reader immersed.” —Buffalo News
“In Exile – gripping, educational and entertaining – a writer whose trademark is literate suspense shows there also are no easy answers.” —Times-Dispatch
“Every now and then – but a lot more rarely than that implies – you come across a thriller so important that it absolutely demands to be read. This is one. … Patterson has done stupendous research, is admirably level-headed, eschews sermonizing and patronizing. Now, more than ever, as this conflict [in the Middle East] holds the world to ransom, this is a thriller that deserves to be a bestseller.” —The Times (London)
“Exile is an astonishing book, a hugely entertaining human drama that also offers remarkable insight into the lethal conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.” —Bill Clinton
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