New & Notable: ‘The Lie”

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The Lie

by Hesh Kestin

Scribner, $24

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For 20 years, author Hesh Kestin saw the world as a globe-trotting foreign correspondent with stops in Europe, the Middle East and Africa where he wrote about everything from arms dealing to general international mayhem. And he has a huge fan in Stephen King, who recommended Kestin to Scribner after reading 2009’s The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats, a “boy-meets-mob” novel set in New York in the ’60s.

Kestin dives headfirst into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with the political thriller The Lie. Dahlia Barr, a lawyer who defends Palestinians in Israeli courts, is offered a job as her government’s arbiter for when to use extraordinary interrogation methods (i.e., torture), which she opposes.

However, when her 20-year-old son, an officer in the Israel Defense Force, is captured by Hezbollah and taken to a secret location in Beirut, Dahlia’s motherly instincts kick in. An Israeli prisoner could help her locate her son, but he’s keeping mum. What’s a mother to do? And just how far will she bend her beliefs to get her son back?

And King loves this one, too. “ The Lie is what great fiction is all about,” he writes on the cover blurb.

— Celeste Williams

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