(March 14, 2022, JNS Wire)
“Fast-paced with an original, exotic setting, HIP SET is an unstoppable read from first page to last.” Faye Kellerman, best-selling author
“Meet Oscar the African, Ruben the Russian, Kobi the sabra, and many colorful characters thrown together in a battle of brains and a clash of cultures that sublimate the classical sense of suspense.” Raphael Jerusalmy, author, lieutenant colonel, Israeli Intelligence, (ret.)
“A noir thriller set in modern-day Israel, HIP SET is as much a roller coaster ride as it is a love letter to Tel Aviv. Tackling thorny issues like African immigrants’ lives in Israel and Russian mafia control of the underground economy, HIP SET introduces you to a side of Israel you’ve never seen before.” Zack Bodner CEO of Palo Alto JCC
Oscar Orleans is a Congolese refugee in Israel. He’s also the only Hebrew-speaking liaison to the African refugee community living in Tel Aviv’s worst slum. When his old friend Inspector Kobi Sambinsky of the Asylum Unit calls him early on Shabbat morning, he knows something is wrong.
A young South Sudanese immigrant has been found murdered in the city’s most iconic waterfront building and no one can quite place his origins. The only clue is his unusual name, Kinga, which he shared with another refugee from eight years earlier and a controversial political figure in South Sudan’s most dangerous warring faction.
Kobi and Oscar must venture into the heart of Tel Aviv’s Sudanese underground, Israel’s hyperviolent Russian mafia, and a mystery that has been dormant for years near the shores of the Dead Sea.
About The Author
Michael Fertik is a leading American venture investor in Israeli startups and the New York Times best-selling author of The Reputation Economy. He is a prize winning short story and film writer, poet and playwright. Michael is a serial entrepreneur and venture capital investor. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He lives in California.
Title: Hipset Publisher: Tall Tree Creative Arts ISBN: 978-0988413146, 144 pgs., Price: Hardcover, $9.95