Exile: Book summary and reviews of Exile by Richard North Patterson

Exile
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2007,
    576 pages.

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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.

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"While Patterson attempts to portray the issues fairly, the introduction of a soap-operaish subplot undercuts his intended high purpose, and the resolution of the mystery is too predictable to surprise." - PW.
"The stories of the Israelis and Arabs with whom David meets are unforgettable, but the central plot line and main characters are a bit thin. Still, Patterson delves evenhandedly into both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict, making this a fascinating and timely read." - Library Journal.
"[N]ot by a long shot Patterson's best book, but in many ways his most characteristic." - Kirkus.

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Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by marla
exile who?
There are inherent flaws in Mr.Patterson's story. In the history of the world, victors never return the land gained. As in Roman times, the Romans kept the ownership till they were defeated. As in Hungary when they took Transylvania from Romania, When Jordan was created the Palestinians were free to go to this new country or stay and live in Israel. Their fellow Muslims refused sanctuary, and they fled. Israel is the only homeland the Jews have and it is eternal. G-d gives them victory, don't try to take it away. When my mother came out of Auschwitz, she went home to her farm in Romania to find a Christian family now owed the farm. They did not offer to return the land to the rightful owner. They did not pay for the land as Israel has often. Next time you write a book cover all the parts. marla

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Richard North Patterson Author Biography

Richard North Patterson was born on February 22, 1947 in Berkeley, California.  He grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1968.  In 1971 he graduated Case Western Reserve Law School and went on to serve as an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Ohio.  He was a partner in several of the country’s leading law firms and also served as the liaison for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to the Watergate Special Prosecutor.

He started writing at the age of 29 when he had completed law school.  He began his first book, The Lasko Tangent, as part of a creative writing course at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. It won the Edgar Allan Poe Award in the category "Best First Mystery ...

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