An internationally acclaimed thriller of love, espionage and subterfuge, in which Middle East meets West with dangerous consequences.
Years of training have transformed Michel Khoury into a skilled intelligence operative. A refugee whose family was murdered by extremists, he has one mission: the peaceful resolution of the Middle East conflict that upended his life.
An alluring enigma, he attracts the attention of Helen, a pretty English girl who lives in the adjacent apartment. As their relationship develops, Michel is unable to tell Helen about his pastor the collection of passports and unmarked bills he's concealed in the bathroom they share.
When Michel's secrets turn deadly, Helen and Michel find themselves pursued through the streets of London, Berlin and the Scottish countryside, on the run from the very people they thought they could trust.
A critically celebrated novel that "recalls the cool detachment and compelling eye for ordinary detail that characterized the early thrillers of Graham Greene" (Independent on Sunday), SHAKE OFF is that rare breed of riveting taleof intrigue and suspense, love and betrayalthat announces a bold new voice for our increasingly global times.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Mischa Hiller is a winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize in the Best First Book Category for South Asia & Europe. Raised in London, Beirut, and Dar El Salaam, Hiller lives in Cambridge, England.
What People are Saying About This
SHAKE OFF carries the conviction of authentic espionage tradecraft on every page. Imagine John le Carré combined with Ken Follett. Smart and tense and real enough to be scary.
—David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of First Blood and Creepers
Le Carré said we live in 'coded times,' and SHAKE OFF is a book that takes that idea to hypnotizing levels. A novel about identity and sadness and love, it is also a hellaciously entertaining chase thriller. But the achievement of the novel rests in its orphan main character; Michel is a great character, one of the finest heroes I've seen in the spy genre simply because he is like so many of us, desperately searching for who he is and where he came from. This is a novel that is as much about personhood as it is tradecraft, and it succeeds on both counts. My highest recommendation.
—Will Lavender, New York Times bestselling author of Obedience and Dominance
Hypnotic … A spy thriller of the highest class.
—Charles Cumming, New York Times bestselling author of The Trinity Six
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a riveting story, that is very hard to put down. The first half of the book treats the spycraft activities of Michel like it is a harmless game, a game with no reap point. He lives in a cheap rooming house, and slowly falls for his neighbor, an uninhibited girl who seems to be more that meets the eye. By the end of the book you find out that most of what you have learned about the characters is off the mark. And, the second half demonstrates that being a spy, no matter how well trained, is a really dangerous occupation.
Never having read author Mishca Hiller before, I was not sure what to expect. Certainly, the idea of reading a spy thriller about the Arab/Israeli conflict appealed to me but I was pleasantly surprised by the uniqueness of the story. This book is really a character study of a man who is a Lebanese refugee, whose family is murdered, and his main mission is to avenge their killing. As a writer, Hiller is particularly skilled in character develpment and his smooth writing style encourages one to turn every page in anticipation of the interesting story he unravels. I really enjoyed Hiller's writing style and look forward to reading his earlier book, "Sabra Zoo". Perhaps Hiller will continue with this character, Michel in another book. This first book offers readers a chance to become intimate with a vulnerable man who is directed at a young age to fight an enemy he is not sure of and to experience relationships he does not fully understand. Trying to overcome the horrendous childhood experience of witnessing the demise of his family, his injured soul relies on codeine to cope. I won't tell you anymore, but be sure to read this gripping story...you won't be sorry. It's a very good book and I hope the author will consider a sequel.