Book Review- Hip Set by Michael Fertik

By Michael Fertik

Oscar Orleans is a refugee, living in Israel, serving as a liaison to fellow African refugees, living in a slum of Tel Aviv. Orleans is called in by his friend, Inspector Kobi Sambinsky, of the Asylum unit with the Israeli police, to assist when a young man, from South Sudan, is found murdered in a bombed-out, waterfront building and no one is able to identify him. The case takes Orleans and Sambinsky into a mystery dating back to King Solomon’s time.

Fertik creates a wonderful ensemble cast of characters this is a fast-paced crime thriller. The relationship between Orleans and Sambinsky is well-developed and evolves very naturally over the course of the story. I enjoyed Angelika Cone’s character. Her technical expertise and analytical skills helped round out the Orleans and Sambinsky duo. The interweaving of modern-day with ancient legend added an interesting layer.

The dialogue was well-done and takes into consideration cultural influences from where various characters learned English. Making it true to their individual backgrounds and more unique.

This story held my attention to the point that I read it in one sitting. A must-read if you enjoy a crime thriller set in an exotic location.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Author

Michael Fertik is 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.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Hip Set in exchange for my honest review.

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