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Publisher Comments:

The New York Times bestselling author Robert Littell presents a suspenseful and brilliantly topical new thriller that looks at the cycle of political violence in the Middle East.

In the near future, an unprecedented Arab-Israeli settlement is brokered by a visionary female president of the United States. But this historic moment is shattered when a well-known fundamentalist rabbi is taken hostage by a legendary Palestinian terrorist. As the Israelis close in, the hostage and the hostage taker develop bizarre bonds and form a terrifying alliance.

In the tradition of John le Carre and Graham Greene, Littell dissects the culture of violence by searching the corrupted consciences of the people ensnared within it.

Review:

"Veteran espionage writer Littell, whose 1973 debut, The Defection of A.J. Lewinter, prompted critics to compare him to such British masters as Eric Ambler and John le Carre, stumbles a bit with his take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, set in a near, post-George W. Bush future. An unnamed woman, who will remind many of Hillary Clinton, is president of the U.S., while, less plausibly, the Palestinian Authority is led by Arafat's successor, who's also nameless. Given Hamas's electoral victory in early 2006, the plot, which centers on yet another U.S.-brokered effort to create a lasting Middle East peace, has already been overtaken by events. The relationship between a terrorist leader and his hostage, a right-wing rabbi and agitator, may intrigue those who can overlook the dated scenario. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Setting an espionage thriller in the Middle East is tricky. During the months between the editing and the publishing of Robert Littell's latest suspense novel, the Hamas party won the majority of seats on the Palestinian legislative council, and the open conflict that some of the characters in 'Vicious Circle' seek to prevent is now unfolding on CNN and al-Jazeera. None of this, though, dilutes Littell's... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Suspenseful and serious....Authoritative, sharply observed, remarkably evenhanded — neither side gets a free pass here — and, as usual, first-rate." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Review:

"Littell presents a physical and mental landscape of stark beauty and ugliness, spinning a tale fit to hold its own with Eric Ambler's The Levanter, John le Carre's The Little Drummer Girl, David Ignatius' Agents of Innocence, and Robert Stone's Damascus Gate. Must reading for fans of high-end thrillers." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"A searing, thrilling, intelligent and often blackly funny book...[by] the finest American writer of espionage fiction." John Connolly, author of The Black Angel

Review:

"[D]espite some strong set pieces, like the torture of a Palestinian militant by Palestinian security agents, Vicious Circle never gains momentum as a thriller." Alex Berenson, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Drawing on the Torah as often as the Qur'an, the histories of the two men, who could have been inseparable friends in other times, illustrate the history of the region, one tragedy always leading to another." BookReporter.com

Review:

"Littell's acute portrayal of their inflamed psychological states illuminates an understanding that goes far beyond the day's headlines." Library Journal

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling author Robert Littell presents a suspenseful and brilliantly topical new thriller that looks at the cycle of political violence in the Middle East. In the near future, an unprecedented Arab-Israeli settlement is brokered by a visionary female president of the United States. But this historic moment is shattered when a well-known fundamentalist rabbi is taken hostage by a legendary Palestinian terrorist. As the Israelis close in, the hostage and the hostage taker develop bizarre bonds and form a terrifying alliance. In the tradition of John le Carré and Graham Greene, Littell dissects the culture of violence by searchingthe corrupted consciences of the people ensnared within it.

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling author Robert Littell presents a suspenseful and brilliantly topical new thriller that looks at the cycle of political violence in the Middle East. In the near future, an unprecedented Arab-Israeli settlement is brokered by a visionary female president of the United States. But this historic moment is shattered when a well-known fundamentalist rabbi is taken hostage by a legendary Palestinian terrorist. As the Israelis close in, the hostage and the hostage taker develop bizarre bonds and form a terrifying alliance. In the tradition of John le Carré and Graham Greene, Littell dissects the culture of violence by searchingthe corrupted consciences of the people ensnared within it.

About the Author

Robert Littell has been compared to such masters as Len Deighton and Alan Furst. A former journalist for Newsweek, Littell is an American living in France.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143112662
Author:
Littell, Robert
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Children s 12-Up - Fiction - Espionage
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
December 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.44x6.12x.65 in. .60 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Veteran espionage writer Littell, whose 1973 debut, The Defection of A.J. Lewinter, prompted critics to compare him to such British masters as Eric Ambler and John le Carre, stumbles a bit with his take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, set in a near, post-George W. Bush future. An unnamed woman, who will remind many of Hillary Clinton, is president of the U.S., while, less plausibly, the Palestinian Authority is led by Arafat's successor, who's also nameless. Given Hamas's electoral victory in early 2006, the plot, which centers on yet another U.S.-brokered effort to create a lasting Middle East peace, has already been overtaken by events. The relationship between a terrorist leader and his hostage, a right-wing rabbi and agitator, may intrigue those who can overlook the dated scenario. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Suspenseful and serious....Authoritative, sharply observed, remarkably evenhanded — neither side gets a free pass here — and, as usual, first-rate."
"Review" by , "Littell presents a physical and mental landscape of stark beauty and ugliness, spinning a tale fit to hold its own with Eric Ambler's The Levanter, John le Carre's The Little Drummer Girl, David Ignatius' Agents of Innocence, and Robert Stone's Damascus Gate. Must reading for fans of high-end thrillers."
"Review" by , "A searing, thrilling, intelligent and often blackly funny book...[by] the finest American writer of espionage fiction."
"Review" by , "[D]espite some strong set pieces, like the torture of a Palestinian militant by Palestinian security agents, Vicious Circle never gains momentum as a thriller."
"Review" by , "Drawing on the Torah as often as the Qur'an, the histories of the two men, who could have been inseparable friends in other times, illustrate the history of the region, one tragedy always leading to another."
"Review" by , "Littell's acute portrayal of their inflamed psychological states illuminates an understanding that goes far beyond the day's headlines."
"Synopsis" by ,
The New York Times bestselling author Robert Littell presents a suspenseful and brilliantly topical new thriller that looks at the cycle of political violence in the Middle East. In the near future, an unprecedented Arab-Israeli settlement is brokered by a visionary female president of the United States. But this historic moment is shattered when a well-known fundamentalist rabbi is taken hostage by a legendary Palestinian terrorist. As the Israelis close in, the hostage and the hostage taker develop bizarre bonds and form a terrifying alliance. In the tradition of John le Carré and Graham Greene, Littell dissects the culture of violence by searchingthe corrupted consciences of the people ensnared within it.

"Synopsis" by ,
The New York Times bestselling author Robert Littell presents a suspenseful and brilliantly topical new thriller that looks at the cycle of political violence in the Middle East. In the near future, an unprecedented Arab-Israeli settlement is brokered by a visionary female president of the United States. But this historic moment is shattered when a well-known fundamentalist rabbi is taken hostage by a legendary Palestinian terrorist. As the Israelis close in, the hostage and the hostage taker develop bizarre bonds and form a terrifying alliance. In the tradition of John le Carré and Graham Greene, Littell dissects the culture of violence by searchingthe corrupted consciences of the people ensnared within it.

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