Richard North Patterson. Exile (2007) 562 pp.
Publisher’s description: “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.”
Setting: San Francisco; Israel