The Poet Game

A Novel

Salar Abdoh

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In the wake of the first World Trade Center bombing, New York City is the center of an intricate web of betrayals and double-crosses in the shadowy world of Muslim radicals. Sami Amir arrives in Brooklyn via Iran, and into a world of militants, arms suppliers, and spies. He is a counter-intelligence agent from a branch of the Iranian Ministry of Security. The son of an American mother, he has always stood apart from his fellow men. Now, because of his background, he is sent to New York to investigate rumored terrorist plots that are to culminate with further violence around Christmas and New Year's, two weeks away.

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THE POET GAME (Chapter 1)

The Libyans who surrounded him were humorless fellows. It was nothing to get restless about, Libyans were notorious for this. In early 1992, when the Office had penetrated the inappropriately named “Lightning Battalion” in a northern Tehran suburb, he’d come in contact with a lot of these so-called Exchange Students from various Arab countries. The Lebanese were hotheads, the Syrians were cautious, old-hand PLO guys were capable of degenerating in a flash, the Egyptians could be serious and smart, yet also egotistical and clownish.

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"Ornate and ambitious . . . [A] complex, politically sophisticated story."—The New York Times Book Review

"The Poet Game offers its own taut, moody spin to the spy-genre conventions.... Abdoh delivers a surprising, smart thriller."—San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

"The Poet Game is a spy-thriller with a twist . . . Unique."—Christian Science Monitor

"Like a ventriloquist manipulating the stylish thrillers of Graham Greene or John le Carré, Abdoh tells [a] brilliant, dark tale . . . Imaginative."—Brad Gooch, Harper's Bazaar

"The novel races through a series of atmospheric settings . . . Vividly described . . . An entertaining and heart-quickening debut."—Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

Salar Abdoh

Salar Abdoh is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and of the
Creative Writing program at City College of New York. Born in Iran, he now lives in New York City where he is at work on his second novel.

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The Poet Game
A Novel
Salar Abdoh

e-Book Agency

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Picador
February 2000
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780312273576
ISBN10: 0312273576
240 pages
$7.99

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Trade Paperback
Picador
April 2001
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312209681
ISBN10: 0312209681
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
$17.00
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