The Lie

The Lie

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Author: Kestin, Hesh
ISBN: 9781925106053
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Year First Published: 2014
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 211mm x 136mm x 19mm
Format: Paperback / softback

Dahlia Barr does not suffer fools or her own government, with which she is normally at odds. Shrewd, brash, and tough, she is a successful Israeli attorney who specialises in defending Palestinians accused of terrorism. One day, to her great surprise, the national police approach Dahlia with a proposition- join us and become the government's arbiter on when to use the harshest of interrogation methods what some would call torture. Dahlia is intrigued- as someone who has no intention of permitting torture, can she change the system from within? Then, as Dahlia settles into her new job, her son Ari, a twenty-year-old lieutenant in the Israel Defense Forces, is kidnapped by Hezbollah and tortured. The one man who may hold the key to Ari's rescue is Edward Al-Masri, a professor and activist who has a long and complicated history with Dahlia. Edward is locked in a cell in police headquarters, and he's not talking. Yet. The Lie is a nail-biting thriller, pulsing with insight into the inner workings of Israel's security apparatus. It is an unforgettable story of human beings on both sides of the terror equation whose lives turn out to have more in common than they could have ever imagined. 'An utterly riveting thriller that is likely to rank as one of the year's best . . .The Lie has everything- memorable characters, a compelling plot, white-knuckle military action, and an economy and clarity of prose that is direct, powerful, and at times beautiful.' Booklist (starred) 'In this taut novel, the dark complexities of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict hit home . . . Extraordinary . . . A powerful and unsettling finale.' Kirkus Reviews

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