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The Traitor

Yigal Lev
Suspense, espionage and psychological motivation are the elements of Yigal Lev's tenth novel. Peleg Sarig, a brilliant Israeli intelligence officer, is the story's protagonist. A man with a phenomenal memory, he is captured by the Syrians during a military operation. While in prison, he breaks down and passes top secret intelligence information to his captors. What happened while Sarig was with the Syrians? Why did Peleg Sarig give the enemy the secret of Israel's intelligence edge? Three people try to unravel the story: his lover, his commanding officer and his psychiatrist. Slowly, the case is cracked. It transpires that Peleg's Syrian interrogators managed to convince him that Israel had been wiped out, that he was the "last Israeli." The incredible story of Peleg Sarig turns up one page-turning twist after another, to the very last page.

Yigal Lev's novel contributes to the demystification of those supreme issues of loyalty and betrayal. Lev's portrayal of Israeli intelligence and the minds and souls of its members is exceptional. This readable thriller goes a long way to make up for the dearth of such fiction in Israel.

Lev Yigal The Traitor
Title The Traitor
Author’s Last Name Lev
Author's First Name Yigal
Genre suspense
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1993
No. Pages 182 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Boged
Representation Represented by ITHL


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