The Genesis of a Palestinian Thriller: Traitors' Gate

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 23:00

Traitors’ Gate is (possibly) the first English language thriller with a Palestinian heroine. It has been called the Palestinian Da Vinci Code for its fast-paced action, symbolism and historic references.

Local author Nicholas Pengelley will read from his recently published novel, Traitors’ Gate, and discuss the historical themes from which it takes its driving force – notably the little known moves by Britain to grant independence to Palestine in the 1930s. He will also talk about how the novel came to be written, the process of writing and the (much more difficult) process of getting published, especially given some of the themes of the novel.

Traitors’ Gate is a thrilling story which begins with a gruesome murder in the midst of historic peace talks in London between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Fearing a threat to the talks, Scotland Yard calls in Ayesha Ryder, Middle East specialist with a prestigious think-tank to decipher a cryptic message scrawled in blood above the victim’s tortured body. The motive for the murder seems clear to Scotland Yard but Ayesha believes otherwise. Searching for clues at the murder scene, she discovers a hidden letter, written by Lawrence of Arabia himself, hinting at the existence of a British plan regarding Palestine – in the 1930s – and a plot between a member of the British Royal Family and top Nazis. If true, there may be profound ramifications for the fragile peace talks.

An expert on Lawrence’s life, Ayesha begins tracking the subtle clues left by a master of the double bluff. The hunt has barely begun when sinister forces reveal themselves. In a frantic chase through long abandoned Underground tunnels, ancient Roman catacombs and Plague pits beneath the heart of London, Lawrence’s trail of clues leads Ayesha to his famous gold dagger, to an aged former spy who was once his lover, and to the desolate Cornish moors where she endures a cruel confrontation with her own dark past.

Aout the Author
Australian by birth, Nicholas Pengelley has had a varied career in Australian, the UK and Canada as a law librarian, university law professor, Middle East analyst, consultant on foreign law to a US law firm, and now author. Nicholas is married to Pamela, a Toronto lawyer, with a son, Declan, born on the same day his book was published.

Need to know:
- Doors open at 6:50
- Free admission
- Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
- Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.

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