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The Lie - Hesh Kestin


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DAHLIA BARR DOES NOT SUFFER FOOLS—or her own government, with which she is normally at odds. Shrewd, brash, and as tough as she is beautiful, the controversial Israeli attorney specializes in defending Palestinians accused of terrorism. She is also a devoted mother, a soon-to-be-divorced wife, and the lover of a handsome American television cor­respondent.

To Dahlia’s astonishment, the Israeli secu­rity establishment one day approaches her with a tantalizing proposition: Join us, and become the beleaguered nation’s arbiter on when to use the harshest of interrogation methods—what some would call torture. Dahlia is intrigued. She 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 whisked over the border to Lebanon. The one man who may hold the key to Ari’s rescue is locked in a cell in police headquar­ters. Edward Al-Masri—professor, activist, media gadfly—is an Arab who has a long and complicated history with Dahlia. 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 share more in common than they—and the reader—could ever have imagined.

Read Caroline Baum's Review

There is no more secret secret service than Mossad. There is no higher flash point than the Middle East. Any thriller set in this part of the world is playing with the highest stakes. Kestin knows that, and has constructed a tight, tough plot full of plausibly terrible twists and turns. At the heart of this briskly paced, jump- cutting novel is Dahlia, a 44 year old human rights lawyer who is recruited by the Israeli police to serve as arbiter in interrogation procedure. Until now she's been an advocate for the Palestinian cause, making her appointment extremely controversial and uneasy. Her mother, a feisty activist, is appalled. Dahlia is defiant, confident that she can prevent the Israeli apparatus from resorting to torture. Of course the plot skewers her certainty: when Dahlia's soldier son Ari is captured by Hezbollah and tortured, she stops at nothing to get him back. All too real, this is a powerful, urgent, heart-racing page turner that will no doubt be turned into a film any minute.

About the Author

An honors graduate of the Brooklyn streets, where he grew up across from the former headquarters of Murder Inc., Hesh Kestin reported on war and civil mayhem in the Mideast, Europe and Africa, and as European correspondent for Forbes on global terrorism and its nastier counterpart, global business.

Cited by MediaGuide for best foreign correspondence, his work has appeared in publications as diverse as Newsday, The Jerusalem Post, Inc. and Playboy. After hanging up his trenchcoat Kestin founded two prize-winning newspapers, the independent Israeli daily The Nation and The American, a weekly for expatriates.


Needed more depth


Not a bad book but its length prevented any great character building. A little predictable too but an easy read so good for a holiday book.



The Lie

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'A page-turner that will engage your mind and emotions in a way few novels do. The narrative is headlong, the issues have never been more current, and the characters come alive from the page. This is a story about the lies we tell until the truth is forced upon us, and about divided countries, including those of the human heart. I started reading; I ended up experiencing. The Lie is what great fiction is all about.' - Stephen King

ISBN: 9781925106053
ISBN-10: 1925106055
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 25th June 2014
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 13.6  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1