A Spy in Exile
“Thrilling.”—The Wall Street Journal
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).
On orders from the Israeli prime minister, former Mossad agent Ya'ara Stein, the heroine of this middling spy thriller from the pseudonymous de Shalit (Traitor), assembles a crew of promising amateurs to form a secret strike team. Ya'ara believes that newbies will be effective, because they won't fall into the predictable routines that come from the training of experienced spooks. After a few practice runs on low-stakes missions in Germany, the team steps into the big leagues with a plan to assassinate two Muslim radicals, one in London, the other in Brussels. Aided by Ya'ara's chief recruiter, Amnon Aslan, the team carries out the two hits with stunning alacrity. Another mission, however, never materializes, and the rest of the story focuses on Ya'ara rebuilding past relationships and hand-wringing about her career and personal life. In between some exciting moments, readers will find themselves waiting around for something to happen. Those expecting to glean much inside knowledge of espionage from de Shalit, "a former high-ranking member of the Israeli Intelligence Community," will be disappointed.