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3.49 out of 53.49 out of 53.49 out of 53.49 out of 53.49 out of 5 3.49 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard North Patterson Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781427200624
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From one of America's most compelling novelists comes the mesmerizing story of a lawyer who must defend the woman he loves against a charge of conspiring to assassinate the prime minister of Israel

David Wolfe's life is approaching an exhilarating peak: he's a successful San Francisco lawyer, he's about to get married, and he's 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 herself is accused of being the mastermind behind the murder. Now David faces an agonizing choice: Will he, a Jew, represent Hana—who may well be guilty—or will he turn away the one woman he can never forget?

The most challenging case of David's career requires that he delve deep into the lives of Hana Arif and her militant Palestinian husband, both of whom have always lived in exile. Ultimately, David's quest takes him to Israel and the West Bank, where, in a series of harrowing encounters, he learns that appearances are not at all what they seem.

Culminating in a tense and startling trial with international ramifications, Exile is that rare novel that both entertains and enlightens. At once an intricate tale of betrayal and deception, a moving love story, and a fascinating journey into the lethal politics of the Middle East, this is Richard North Patterson at his most brilliant and engrossing.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliant…Patterson has caught lightning in a bottle…Put this one at the top of your hot list. Stephen King on Protect and Defend

  • [A] spellbinding novel…Patterson's extensive research, plot skills, and ability to create engaging, authentic dialogue set his writing apart…believable and eloquent. Associated Press on Balance of Power
  • [A] complex tale of personal, political, and criminal betrayals...Dark Lady not only keeps you in suspense; it gives you plenty of social and moral questions to ponder. The Wall Street Journal on Dark Lady

  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2008

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathi | 2/20/2014

    " Compelling story woven around the struggles in the Middle East. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 2/14/2014

    " This book started off with a bang for me, but the middle section was a bit tedious. And the ending -- oh please! SPOILER ALERT...Who couldn't have predicted Munira was his daughter? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke Long | 2/11/2014

    " An engaging way to educate yourself on the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Suspense, Action, Romance, Legalities and History...right up my alley! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 1/25/2014

    " WOW. Talk about a great read, and steep learning curve on the middle east. Fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spencer | 1/23/2014

    " Great book on the Israli-Palistinian conflict "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janna | 1/22/2014

    " Fantastic book! I read it a few years back and it still sticks in my head as if I had just read it. Great writing, great insight, and thrilling to boot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyaaf | 1/20/2014

    " better than I thought it would be, although a bit predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rion Casey | 1/17/2014

    " Well researched, insightful for someone just passing through the issues "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aileen Exeter | 1/7/2014

    " a bit more insight into the middle east "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sid | 1/5/2014

    " I enjoyed seeing what appears to be a balanced discussion of a very difficult situation "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 12/29/2013

    " Too much explaining the cause, a little unbelievable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 12/29/2013

    " It was difficult to stay with until the last 1/3 of the book where it got my interest and I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 12/8/2013

    " Learnt more about Palestinians and Israelis "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 6/16/2013

    " Highly recommended. Well worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 4/10/2013

    " I loved this book. I feel like I learned a lot about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but the book was fiction and very engaging. I also really liked the ending. Very believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyne Aarsen | 1/16/2013

    " I found this book challenging and made me look at the whole Middle East situation through different eyes. While he doesn't offer any trite solutions, I found the book did give me some insights as to how complex and emotional the situation is there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross Patterson | 8/19/2012

    " Found it interesting but slow "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 5/19/2012

    " A good read for the train/metro/bus/etc...I had never read anything by Patterson before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen MacDonald | 5/2/2012

    " I enjoyed the peak into Israelie politics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Afton | 9/20/2011

    " Listened to this book as we traveled across the plains. A little hard to follow at times but interesting and informative as it deals with Israel and Palestine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Benson | 9/9/2011

    " Such a great book. Compelling story with lots of facts and details "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 8/5/2011

    " Historical Fiction. Lots of facts regarding the Jewish/Palestinian conflict. a small twist, which you see coming. A very long book if you can't get through all the history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shari | 4/28/2011

    " Historical fiction about the conflict in the middle east and the ongoing hostilities between the Palestinians and Israel. Interesting information about all the players and the historical reasons for the ongoing conflict. A good education but fairly manipulative and a bleak prognosis to accept. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 4/26/2011

    " A heavy story that keeps you thinking well after you are done reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lee | 4/8/2011

    " Probably more of a 2.5. Too many characters, too confusing at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 2/7/2011

    " Well written-topic just wasn't that interesting to me. I would like to read this author again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Talani | 1/4/2011

    " Wow! I totally forgot how much I like this one. The place was one I had never read about and the oil industry is something I have never wanted to know about. Now I feel guilty all over again about driving to pick up Nora from school instead of walking! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bsass78 | 12/5/2010

    " Picked up speed and finished fairly strong~ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 10/18/2010

    " I really enjoyed this one. It was around the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa of Nigeria and is a thought provoking read. it tells of the injustice brought upon the poor in a fictional African country while the government and oil companies get rich off the oil reserves. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sherrill | 9/29/2010

    " I couldn't do it. It started out to be something I don't usually care for and after a while I just had to put it down. It is full of a lot of the horrors of the struggles people face in Africa with their civil wars. Maybe a man would like it but not a little old school teacher lady. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tammy | 9/12/2010

    " I tried and could never get interested in this book. I finally just gave up : ( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 8/27/2010

    " Set in West Africa it was a little harder to follow just because of names. But worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renata | 8/25/2010

    " The entire time I was reading this book, I felt haunted that what I was reading was all too real. After I finished the book Patterson does reveal .. that yes .. the reality of one man can be turned into fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 8/22/2010

    " Another good read from Patterson. He really brings you into the struggles of his characters so that you can't help but feel you are going through what they do...and to know that this is something that has happened- how sad for a society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 8/8/2010

    " It was an interesting intrigue novel, but not the best I've read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 8/4/2010

    " Very good. Well written and great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bernadette | 7/27/2010

    " I learned a great deal about the complexity of American oil profiteers in Africa and the negative effects on local African communities and their politics/governments. The story just barely kept me going thru all the politics. "

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About the Author
Author Richard North Patterson

Richard North Patterson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil’s Light, In the Name of Honor, The Spire, and a number of other bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, he was the SEC’s liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups. Patterson has appeared on such programs as the Today show, Good Morning America, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and Buchanan and Press

About the Narrator

Dennis Boutsikaris has won two Obie Awards, one for his performance in Sight Unseen, and played Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway. Among his films are W., Batteries Not Included, The Dream Team, and Boys on the Side. He is a recipient of both Audie and Earphones Awards and has read over 140 audiobooks.