Vicious Circle: A Novel of Complicity

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An Israeli government minister is assassinated in the home of his mistress. Days later, Elihu, an ageing Mossad officer leads his final raid, killing a Hamas leader in his bed. Out of this familiarly cyclical scenario emerges what is perhaps Robert Littell's most heartfelt and suspenseful novel. The action moves into the near future, when the global community, united under the leadership of a visionary female president of the Untied States, brokers a major compromise between Israel and the Palestinian authority in the hope of snuffing out the violent flashpoint that fuels the flames of global terrorism. But then, Isaac Apfulbaum, a well-known fundamentalist Rabbi, is taken hostage by Dr. al-Saath, a legendary Palestinian terrorist, who demands the release of several Palestinian prisoners. As Israel coaxes Elihu out of retirement to hunt down the terrorist who motivated his final mission, al-Saath and Apfulbaum fund themselves building an extraordinary relationship between hostage taker and hostage: parallels between these two battle-hardened partisans become the bonds that could lead to reconciliation. But with the Mossad strike team closing in, has the vicious circle already been closed? Ferociously suspenseful and brilliantly topical, "Vicious Circle" is a thriller that, like "The Company" before it, breaks down an entire culture of violence into the corrupted consciences that embody it.

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The author of "The Company" returns with a blockbusting new thriller that interrogates the brutal psychology of a conflict that has defined our age. An Israeli government minister is assassinated in the home of his mistress. Days later, Elihu, an ageing Mossad officer leads his final raid, killing a Hamas leader in his bed. While the global community, united under the leadership of a visionary female US president, brokers a major compromise between Israel and the Palestinian authority, Isaac Apfulbaum, a well-known fundamentalist Rabbi, is taken hostage by Dr. al-Saath, a legendary Palestinian terrorist, who demands the release of several Palestinian prisoners.As Israel coaxes Elihu out of retirement to hunt down the terrorist who motivated his final mission, al-Saath and Apfulbaum fund themselves building an extraordinary relationship. The parallels between these two battle-hardened partisans become the bonds that could lead to reconciliation. But with the Mossad strike team closing in, has the vicious circle already been closed? Ferociously suspenseful and brilliantly topical, "Vicious Circle" is a thriller that, like "The Company" before it, breaks down an entire culture of violence into the corrupted consciences that embody it, interrogating the brutal psychology of a conflict that has defined our age.

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"'Authoritative, sharply observed... as usual, first-rate' starred Kirkus review 'Littell deserves his comparisons with Deighton and le Carre' The Times 'Littell is a class act, one for the connoisseur' The Guardian"

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