Fiction, St. Martin's Press, 2017
A thrilling debut, Three Envelopes delves into the twisted mind of a rogue agent in the Israeli intelligence agency and his mysterious plot for revenge.
Agent 10483 carried out his missions perfectly. Too perfectly. So perfectly that he needed to be stopped. . .
When Avner, a top agent in The Organization receives a notebook, written by the mysterious and psychopathic 10483, ten years after his supposed death, he realizes that something has gone terribly wrong.
The notebook not only reveals the truth about 10483's missions, which include some of history's most notorious unsolved crimes, but it also reveals that 10483 might still be alive and desperate for vengeance against the Organization.
As Avner reads the long-lost notebook, questions abound. Was 10483 a psychopath who outwitted his handlers for years or was he merely a tool, manipulated by his superiors to carry out some of the most monstrous mass killings in history? Why was he the only agent to receive three envelopes that carried the names of targets on a special hit list? And was he responsible for a basement of horrors where he locked up innocent victims and staged their deaths as art installations? Or was he himself merely the victim of a brilliant scientist who found a way, through cutting-edge technology, to manipulate his brain?
Offering a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into the technology of high-level intelligence operations, Nir Hezroni's dark thriller is a chilling exploration of the mind of a master killer.
Israel: Keter; North American: Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press; Poland: Media Rodzina; Turkey: Garaj Yayincilik; UK: Oneworld; Romania: Editura Art
Film/TV rights: Dana Spector at Paradigm
*Starred* Publisher's Weekly review: “Hezroni’s superior thriller debut will send chills up the spines of even jaded genre fans… Hezroni maintains a high level of suspense as he expertly toggles between past and present en route to the heart-stopping conclusion.”
"Hezroni’s superior thriller debut will send chills up the spines of even jaded genre fans.... Hezroni maintains a high level of suspense as he expertly toggles between past and present en route to the heart-stopping conclusion." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"[A] furious, hard-edged thriller... A very fine and very dark thriller" ―Booklist
"This thriller will delight those who enjoy the twisted world of international espionage. Fans of Jason Matthew’s Red Sparrow or those looking for a darker, more technical Daniel Silva read-alike will also appreciate this disturbing tale." ―Library Journal
"Three Envelopes is by no means an ordinary espionage thriller.... This is a book that will absorb and alarm its readers in equal measure. It establishes Nir Hezroni as an important new voice in writing about the murky world of the secret services." ―Shots Mag
"What a ride! An intelligence world of cracked mirrors, weird echoes, and haunting dreams. The story is stunning. It will bend your mind six ways to Sunday and then some. The writing, precise as a laser, runs circles around what you thought you knew was real." ―James Church, author of the Inspector O series
“This is an intelligent thriller that raises heavy questions: How far can an undercover government organization go to prevent crimes against humanity, while at the same time becoming responsible for such crimes? In Hezroni’s thriller, both sides of the moon are dark… [This is written] in persuasive yet eloquent prose usually found in canonical works rather than in sophisticated thrillers.” – Yaron Avituv, Ha’aretz
“Expertly paced, surprising and international in scope.” – Ma’ariv
“[A] dark and disturbing Israeli novel, which may well become an international bestseller … a true and intense thriller … captures the reader’s attention from the first moment, as a thriller ought to do.” – Asaf Golan, Makor Rishon
“This is one of the most brilliant Israeli thrillers I have read in a long time. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to learn what happens next, and stayed up half the night because I simply could not put it down. I truly hope Hezroni is planning a sequel…” – Adi Shtamberger, Jerusalem Post