At an ancient café in Cairo, two veteran spies plot a covert mission to resolve — once and for all — the Israeli – Palestinian conflict. The pledge: Israel will make a major concession as part of the peace treaty. In Singapore, Jethro Westrope, a magazine journalist, stumbles onto the scene of a murder: the beautiful Niki Kishwani directs him, in her last breath, to a digital recorder, evidence that puts Jethro’s life in serious danger. And, much worse, he is framed for Niki’s murder. Jethro sets out to find Niki’s killer and is drawn into a web of deception and intrigue involving officials from the Singaporean, Israeli, and American governments, each with a complex, competing, and potentially deadly agenda. Against this pulse-pounding backdrop, Jethro races to find answers and save himself —yet nothing is as it seems. He finds himself at the centre of a political plot so diabolical and sweeping in its world implications that he is stunned to discover tomorrow’s news headlines today. He is being set up not only as a murderer but as an assassin, and something much larger than his own fate is in his hands.


Publication date: Jan 21, 2014
E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF
Word count: 66,000
eISBN: 978-988-12195-3-4
Price (e-book): US$6.99
Print edition: 5 x 8
Page count: 332
ISBN: 978-988-12195-8-9
Price (paper): $16.95


Devious! Diabolical! Lurid! Intelligent and deftly plotted. Pick it up if you dare. Put it down if you can.

—Ruth Harris, million-copy NYT bestselling co-author of Hooked and Brainwashed

Khaled Talib’s novel Smokescreen is a cocktail of Deighton, Ludlum, Hitchcock, and two parts adrenaline.

— Keith Thomson, author of the New York Times Bestselling novel Once A Spy  

In this action-packed thriller, Khaled Talib explores the little-known relationship between Singapore and Israel, spinning a web of international intrigue that expands across the globe as inexorably as it tightens around his protagonist’s throat.

— Jon McGoran, author of Drift

I have published two novels set in the police and security services in Singapore, and I am here to tell you that Smokescreen is nearer to the truth of that closely controlled little country than you might believe. It is a gripping and creepy tale of how governments can rig the way we all see the world.

— Jake Needham, author of The Umbrella Man and The Ambassador’s Wife

Author bio:

Khaled Talib is a former journalist with local and international exposure. He has worked full time for magazines including Singapore Tatler and Egypt Today. His articles have been published and syndicated to newspapers worldwide, and his short stories have appeared in literary journals and magazines. He is also the author of The Little Book of Muses, a collection of personal muses for writers and aspiring authors. He resides in Singapore.