SHAKE OFF

AUGUST 2012 HARDCOVER

Shake Off
Mischa Hiller
978-0-316-20420-0, $24.99

An internationally acclaimed thriller of love, espionage, and subterfuge, in which 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 past—or 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. As they run, each steps closer to a discovery that will change their lives forever.

Shake Off has been praised by critics across international borders for its insight into the human stories behind the conflicts in the Middle East, and has been compared favorably to the work of John le Carré and Graham Greene.

Half British, half Palestinian, and having lived in the UK, Beirut, and Dar es Salaam, Hiller brings a literary and compelling perspective to espionage and suspense fiction.

About the author: Mischa Hiller is a winner of the Best First Book Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in South Asia and Europe for his debut novel Sabra Zoo. Shake Off is his first thriller.

Publicity contact: Michelle Aielli, michelle.aielli@hbgusa.com