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International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel (nominee)
This morally complex novel tells the story of a conflicted Israeli secret service agent and his questionable aresenal of interrogation techinques. A connoisseur of persuasive methods - legal and otherwise - he never fails to make his subjects talk, but his tactics often fall beyond international law.

His tampering with protocol culminates when two prisoners die in his custody, causing his superiors to suggest a temporary reassignment. Begrudgingly, he accepts his new mission: go undercover, posing as an aspiring novelist, and befriend Daphna, an Israeli writer. His primary target is the son of a Palestinan poet and wanted terrorist leader named Yotam, the son of Hani - Daphna's best friend. As the writer's friendship begins to awaken feelings he thought long dead, his own well-entrenched sense of right and wrong is clouded. But the habits of a lifetime in the military propel him to continue his deceptions and lay his trap for Yotam. Playing upon a dying man's sentiments, he convinces the elderly poet to arrange a meeting with his son in Limassol, a Cypriot town where the Israelis lie in wait to eliminate their target.

As intrigue and tension mount, the agent will be forced to choose between his professional obligations and his newfound loyalties - compromising the mission and his identity.

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November 2010 : USA Paperback

Title: Limassol
Author(s): Yishai Sarid
ISBN: 1-60945-000-0 / 978-1-60945-000-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Europa Editions
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