Cue, google and wikipedia are very necessary tools in this game!
I had heard of Leon Uris but I am not sure that I have ever read any of his books. I recall Exodus being something of a blockbuster.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Uris
My next one is a country music instrumentalist, two words 5,7:Jerry Douglas
guessed by Manxman without losing a single step!
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