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Exileby Richard North Patterson
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The Life and Times of an Irish Patriot
When Thomas Francis Meagher arrived in New York in 1852, he was already a hero-"Meagher of the Sword"-known to every Irishman in the New World. His role as leader of the Irish Uprising of 1848 against British rule, combined with his revolutionary fervor, had earned him exile to the British penal colony of Van Diemen's Land , off the coast of Australia. He escaped and found passage to America, where he was celebrated as a man who had risked death to end the suffering of his native land.
In New York, Meagher became an attorney, married wealthy Libby Townsend, engaged in Tammany politics, supported Franklin Pierce's bid for the presidency, and gave brilliant "Young Ireland" speeches until the onslaught of the Civil War. Fighting for the Union, Meagher helped organize and command the Irish Brigade, and stood, sword in hand, at the forefront of its battles on such bloody ground at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville.
The war took its toll on Meagher's soul and spirit. By its end he was ruined spiritually and financially-until President Andrew Johnson appointed him acting governor of the Montana Territory. In this isolated outpost, the redoubtable Irishman faced formidable foes-hostile Indians, controlling vigilantes, and a government paralyzed by factionalism.
The Exile is the story of this dashing man of action, a man who inspired ballads and songs, a man who risked everything on behalf of his ideals. His legacy carries on through his name--Thomas Francis Meagher-still revered among the Irish everywhere.
Only Richard S. Wheeler, who has brought to life such historical characters as Bat Masterson, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, could do justice to this giant of Irish history and folklore.
The mesmerizing story of a trial lawyer who must defend the woman he loves against a charge of conspiring to assassinate the prime minister of Israel
From one of Americas 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
David Wolfes life is approaching an exhilarating peak: hes a successful San Francisco lawyer, hes about to get married, and hes 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 Davids 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, Davids 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.
Culminating in a tense and startling trial with international ramifications, Exile is that rare novel that both entertains and enlightens. At once an intricate tale of betrayal and deception, a moving love story, and a fascinating journey into the lethal politics of the Middle East, this is Richard North Patterson at his most brilliant and engrossing.
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. Unabridged. 19 CDs.
About the Author
Richard North Patterson is the author of thirteen previous bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, Patterson served as the SEC's liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups dealing with gun violence, political reform, and women's rights. He lives in San Francisco and on Martha's Vineyard.
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