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International intrigue, murderous politics, and psychological suspense combine in a stylish literary thriller An enigmatic Israeli who calls himself Shakespeare -- because he┐s got a way with words -- finds himself jolted on a sidewalk in Manhattan: Is that who I think it is, he wonders, or am I crazy? Who he thinks it is, is one of the world┐s premier terrorists. Someone who murdered his partner. Someone he blames for the fog of despair that┐s overcome him. And most shockingly, someone Shakespeare┐s mysterious associates in Tel Aviv tell him had been killed in the desert. So is Shakespeare cracking up, or cracking the case of a lifetime? In the hands of esteemed Israeli author Joshua Sobol, the wicked riddle becomes a masterful work that transcends genre: It┐s a sumptuously written literary novel and a taut spy thriller. It┐s a moving recollection of a purposeful youth and a graphic account of the hunt for terrorists. It┐s the story of a mid-life crisis and the endless crisis of the Middle East. It┐s a work of wild and whimsical word-play and fast-paced, deadly gun-play. It is, in short, the English-language debut of a mesmerizing writer at the top of his form.