From the author of the internationally bestselling “supremely effective, cunningly crafted” (The Providence Journal) thriller Traitor, a cerebral and suspenseful novel of high-stakes intrigue in Israel’s top intelligence agency.
After Ya’ara Stein is forced out of her job at the Mossad—the secret intelligence service of Israel—she is called upon by the Prime Minister for a classified job. Known for her aptitude, beauty, and deadliness, Stein is asked to set up a secret unit that will act independently, answerable only to the Prime Minister.
This streamlined and deadly unit, filled with bright young men and women recruited and trained by Stein, quickly faces threats both old and new. Descendants of the lethal militant Red Army Faction have returned to terrorize Europe and fears of a radical Islam splinter group force the unit to distinguish between facts and smoke screens. As Stein’s cadets struggle to crush these threats, they soon discover how easily the hunter can become the hunted.
A dazzling, tension-filled novel that sheds light on the world hidden just below the surface of our everyday lives, this thriller offers a peek into the dark behind the curtain where today’s deadliest conflicts are fought. With breathless pacing and shocking twists and turns, it proves that Jonathan de Shalit “has learned well from the likes of Mr. le Carré” (The Wall Street Journal).
Jonathan de Shalit is the pseudonym of a former high-ranking member of the Israeli Intelligence Community. He is the author of Traitor. His books must pass a rigid vetting process, including the approval of a special Governmental Ministers’ Committee. De Shalit has translated into Hebrew the American novel A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter and Defectors by Joseph Kanon, as well as John le Carre’s autobiography, The Pigeon Tunnel.
"A superb international thriller. Readers of Joseph Kanon will love the descriptive setting. Fans of John le Carré and Daniel Silva will appreciate the swift pace and shocking twists and turns."
– Library Journal (starred review)
"A different kind of spy novel by a one-time Mossad agent writing under a pen name, this follow-up to de Shalit's Traitor . . . hums with drama and authenticity."
– Kirkus Reviews
"Well developed and multidimensional . . . quite enjoyable. The author, himself a former officer in Israeli intelligence, tells a story that is believable and authentic."
– San Francisco Review of Books
“Cerebral spy thriller written in the same vein as John le Carré.”
– The Real Book Spy
"I highly recommend A SPY IN EXILE, and not only because I'm afraid of the author and what his capabilites are, but in all seriousness, it is a fantastic read. I look forward to future spy novels from Jonathan with this new and now highly trained secret kill unit."
– Lima Charlie Reviews
"A SPY IN EXILE is so intense, so flawlessly plotted, and has such unexpected twists that I had to read the second half uninterrupted, and I suggest you do the same because there is just no way to stop at that moment. I am already eagerly anticipating Mr. de Shalit's next book; it's been an age since I have read such a powerful novel."
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