RICHARD NORTH PATTERSON is the author of The Spire, Exile, and fifteen other bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, he was the SEC liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups. He lives in Martha's Vineyard, San Francisco, and Cabo San Lucas with his wife, Dr. Nancy Clair.
Exile is a lengthy and literate look at a modern quagmire. David Wolfe seemingly has it all: a thriving legal career, a beautiful fiancee, and a head start on the fast track to Congress as a Representative from California. David is also a lapsed Jew, one who occasionally honors the Holy Days but otherwise keeps his Jewishness to himself. During a trip to the Middle East while in law school, he met a brilliant and beautiful Palestinian woman named Hana Arif, with whom he had an affair. Now years later, out of nowhere comes a call from Hana asking for David's help; she has been arrested for planning and executing the assassination of the prime minister of Israel on the same day he was proposing a far-reaching peace initiative between Israel and Palestine. His murder has thrown the world into chaos, and when David decides to represent Hana at her trial, his once comfortable life is destroyed. Broadway actor Dennis Boutsikaris's delivery is measured, and he maintains a level of intensity throughout. Patterson presents every side in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with intelligence, realism, and pragmatism; no one side is all perfect, no one side is totally evil. This is the book to listen to if you want to make sense of a bitter and bloody issue; it deserves a spot on every library shelf.-Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.