Published 19 Sep 2013
Length 372 pages
ISBN 9781905559596 (ebook)
Duet in Beirut
Translated from Hebrew by Evan Fallenberg
Why is a Mossad agent risking his life to save a Hezbollah leader?
Expelled Mossad agent, Ronen, has disappeared following a failed assassination attempt against the Hezbollah operative responsible for suicide bombings in Israel. Feared to be on an unauthorized mission, it is up to his former commander, Gadi, to track Ronen down and stop him causing harm both to himself and to his country. The physical and intellectual scuffle between the two men becomes one of deeper, moral inquiry.
“... high stakes, and the brutal complexity and fear of today’s fragmented Middle East ... Ben-David delivers spy thrillers with all the authenticity and inside knowledge of an ex-Mossad agent.”
Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem: The Biography
About Mishka Ben-David
Mishka Ben-David served in the Mossad for twelve years, becoming a high-ranking officer. He is now a full-time novelist living outside Jerusalem. Duet in Beirut was his first novel to be translated into English, and received great media attention.
Mishka Ben-David recalls a Mossad plot on The History Hour, BBC World Service (listen from 26 mins):
Fantastic response to Duet in Beirut's publication in America:
New York Journal of Books: 'a spy thriller that will raise your blood pressure and set your heart to pounding...'
Library Journal: 'this novel reads like a runaway locomotive...let's hope Ben-David returns stateside for repeat performances.'
Publishers Weekly: 'a suspenseful story line that doesn’t follow predictable lines. Le Carré fans will enjoy Ben-David’s look behind the scenes of government-sanctioned hits and the tension between loyalty to the chain of command and dissent.'
"I thought that it is time to address the rational side of Khaled Meshaal..And I thought that I am the person to do so, because I'm the person who had a hand in reviving him."
Mishka talks to the Sunday Telegraph about his open letter to Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal during the recent conflict.
Jewish News One - 'Former Mossad agent becomes bestselling thriller author':
Reuters interview Mishka Ben David
In an interview with Reuters at his home near Jerusalem, Mishka Ben-David talks about the benefits and drawbacks of taking creative inspiration from real-life espionage.
"I would say that what Mossad really does is much more demanding, much more dangerous, and much more mind-bogglingly creative than what you get to read about. The fact you don't read about it is a gauge of its successful execution."
Interview with Mishka Ben-David on BBC Newshour (listen from 36 mins):
Mishka Ben-David talks with Lucy ash on BBC's Outlook: