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Cut Throat Dog

Translated by Dalya Bilu

Part of Melville International Crime

A mysterious Israeli who refers to himself by the codename “Shakespeare,” and who seems to be a former Mossad agent, is either cracking up or cracking the case of a bungled assignment from long ago-one that left his partner and best friend dead, and himself in an agony of despair. His only solace: friends in the espionage business tell him the murderer is dead. Now, years later, in another life, Shakespeare spots the murderer on the streets of New york…or does he?

In the hands of esteemed Israeli author Joshua Sobol, the tale is a masterful blend of genres: It’s beautifully written work filled with literary allusions 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.

Israeli writer JOSHUA SOBOL is an internationally acclaimed award-winning playwright. His work has been staged in London, Paris, Los Angeles, Berlin, Vienna, Cologne, Toronto, Oslo, and Washington, DC. He has published two novels and a book of non-fiction, and his work has been published in many languages. Sobol won the prestigious Sapir Prize for his first book of fiction. This is his first novel translated into English.

“All of the literary feints and riddles together act as both a send-up and earnest critique of covert culture. [Cut Throat Dog] hints at the way government secrecy bleeds into civilian life, making it even more quixotic and less secure.” —Jonathan Messinger, Time Out Chicago

“In these passages, we leave the macho realm of agents, prostitutes and bars and find ourselves reliving the harrowing experiences of an entire generation.” The Jerusalem Post

“…a literary riddle of admirable subtlety.” —Andrea Neuhaus,

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