Hip Set

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 slums. 

When his old friend Inspector Kobi calls him early on Shabbat morning, he knows something is wrong. A young South Sudanese immigrant has murdered in the city's most iconic waterfront building and no-one can place his origins.

The only clue is his 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 hyper-violent Russian mafia, and a mystery that has been dormant for years near the shores of the Dead Sea.

About the author

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Michael Fertik lives in Palo Alto, California, where he is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor.

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Why We Like It

  • "Hip Set is an explosive, fast-paced and timely thriller set in contemporary Israel from an accomplished and exciting new voice"
  • Fertik's 2015 non-fiction book, The Reputation Economy, reached #7 on the New York Times Bestseller list.
  • "Everything Michael writes I devour. A huge talent." Tabatha Stirling, author of Bitter Leaves

Michael Fertik is a published fiction author, poet, produced film writer and playwright. His poetry, short fiction, and novellas have recently appeared in Minor Lits; December; The Write Launch; Eclectica; LITRO; Cease; Cows and Feminine Collective. His writing has won fiction, poetry and film prizes and includes a New York Times bestseller, The Reputation Economy

Just about all the men in his family for four generations have been artists of one kind or another.  He’s hoping his sons (and if he ever has any, his daughters) will have artistic interests, too.

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