'The latest escalation of the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict is a grim context in which to read Hesh Kestin’s The Lie, a terse thriller pitched at its battle lines ... Kestin’s taut style lends a claustrophobic air to a thriller in which there seem to be no rational choices, only bad and worse.'
‘A fast-moving, tense thriller… Calling the book cinematic takes nothing away from its literary muscle … A tightly plotted story, a political game of nerve with some seriously charismatic special ops for good measure…. Kestin brings the action alive through details both mundane and exotic … A vivid picture of life in an everyday war zone.’
‘A page-turner that will engage your mind and emotions in a way few novels do. The narrative is headlong, the issues have never been more current, and the characters come alive from the page. This is a story about the lies we tell until the truth is forced upon us, and about divided countries, including those of the human heart. I started reading; I ended up experiencing. The Lie is what great fiction is all about.’
‘The Lie is a page-turning triumph, foaming with emotional resonance and ripped-from-the-headlines suspense. Welcome to the next generation of political thrillers.’
David Goodwillie, author of American Subversive
‘I was moved to tears (and cheers!) by this wonderfully compelling account of deeply personal conflict in the midst of Israel's war against terror. Hesh Kestin is a superb storyteller who knows the Middle East intimately. The Lie is alive with an abundance of surprising fact and thoroughly engaging fiction.’
Richard D. Heffner, host of public television’s The Open Mind
‘Not a single word is wasted in Kestin's masterfully wrought and mercilessly readable novel of intrigue, and terror. The Lie’s political, cultural, and personal insights are matched only by its breathtaking action and suspense. Quite simply, the best thriller I've read in ages.’
Jonathan Evison, New York Times–bestselling author of West of Here and All About Lulu
'[A] powerful story of people on both sides of the terror equation whose lives turn out to have more in common than they could have ever imagined.'
Australian Jewish News
'A consummate thriller ... with many twists and turns and a devastating ending. Kestin is a natural storyteller. His prose is punchy, direct and occasionally elegant. He is adept at building tension and creating believable, flawed characters ... If you enjoy political thrillers, this novel is definitely for you.'