From the streets of Atlanta to the alleys of Jerusalem, Chosen People is an international legal drama where hidden motives thrive, the risk of death is real, and the search for truth has many faces.
During a terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a courageous mother sacrifices her life to save her four-year-old daughter, leaving behind a grieving husband and a motherless child.
Hana Abboud, a Christian Arab Israeli lawyer trained at Hebrew University, typically uses her language skills to represent international clients for an Atlanta law firm. When her boss is contacted by Jakob Brodsky, a young Jewish lawyer pursuing a lawsuit on behalf of the woman’s family under the US Anti-Terrorism laws, he calls on Hana’s expertise to take point on the case. After careful prayer, she joins forces with Jakob, and they quickly realize the need to bring in a third member for their team, an Arab investigator named Daud Hasan, based in Israel.
As the case evolves, this team of investigators will uncover truths that will forever change their understanding of justice, heritage, and what it means to be chosen for a greater purpose.
First of the Chosen People novels (Chosen People, Promised Land)Christian fiction set in the USA and in IsraelFull-length novel (over 120,000 words)
This tense legal thriller from Whitlow (A Time to Stand) boasts intriguing characters such as attorney Hana Abboud, a deeply religious Christian Arab Israeli currently working for a prestigious Atlanta law firm, and Jakob Brodsky, an idealistic Russian-American secular Jew whose one-man law firm has bitten off more than it can chew. Jakob's client, Ben Neumann, lost his wife four years earlier while vacationing in Jerusalem, when terrorists killed her as she shielded their toddler daughter from harm. Ben is seeking justice via the American court system. The case is a long shot, but Hana agrees to join the case, for reasons having as much to do with her faith in God as with the law. Shortly after they sign the agreement to work together, the stakes rise when Jakob is mugged in an Atlanta apartment complex and his car sabotaged. Trips to Israel place both Hana and Jakob in imminent danger as one gripping chapter leads to the next, though the ending comes as something of a letdown. Readers will have a hard time putting this one down.