Murder Duet by Batya Gur

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In this, Batya Gur's long-awaited fourth mystery, the intelligent and charming Israeli policeman Michael Ohayon once again becomes involved in a murder investigation set in a richly evocative Israeli milieu. This time we find ourselves following the strains of the Israeli classical music world.

As the novel begins Ohayon is about to push Play on his CD player to listen to a beloved recording of Brahms's First Symphony. Feeling lonely but assured in his decision to spend the evening alone, he hears what sounds like a baby crying. And indeed, in a stairwell just outside his door in a small cardboard box is a real live baby, wailing furiously. This event leads to his meeting a neighbor, Nita van Gelden, who is a single mother, a cellist, and part of an extended family of internationally known musicians. Nita's brother Theo is a famous conductor, her brother Gabriel a violinist, their father the owner of a prestigious music store. When a member of this illustrious family is murdered, Ohayon becomes involved with the investigation.

From the first strains of Brahms to the newly discovered sheet music for an unknown requiem, Murder Duet unfolds at an allegro pace. Lovers of crime novels, as well as music aficionados, will thrill to every dulcet note.

 

About Batya Gur

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Batya Gur (1947-2005) lived in Jerusalem, where she was a literary critic for Haaretz, Israel's most prestigious paper. She earned her master's in Hebrew literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and she also taught literature for nearly twenty years.
 
Published October 1, 1999 by Harper. 448 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Chief Superintendent Michael Ohayon of the Special Crimes Unit finds the brutally murdered body of a once-beautiful Yemenite girl, awkward questions inevitably arise.

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Who shot eminent Jerusalem psychiatrist Eva Neidorf just before she was to deliver a Saturday morning lecture on ``Some Aspects of the Ethical and Forensic Problems Involved in Analytic Treatment''?

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``Anyone who has never lived on a kibbutz doesn't understand the first thing about it,'' widowed teacher Dvorka Harel tells Chief Superintendent Michael Ohayon (Literary Murder, 1993, etc.) when he arrives at a kibbutz in the northern Negev to investigate the death of her daughter-in-law, kibbutz...

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While veteran reporter Danny Benizri covers the kidnapping of the minister of social affairs by striking workers at the Hulit factory and an up-and-comer named Natasha ends her affair with news director Hefetz and begins looking into Chief Rabbi Elharizi’s strange trips to Canada, Ohayon explores...

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An oppressive spring khamsin hangs over Jerusalem as Inspector Michael Ohayon (The Saturday Morning Murder, 1991) searches patiently for the link between the bludgeoning murder of Hebrew Language poet- superstar Shaul Tirosh and the scuba-diving ``accident'' of his protÇgÇ Iddo Dudai hours away i...

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.) Because she’s obviously hungry, Ohayon charges into the apartment of Nita Van Gelden, foraging for baby food.

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Gur's tremendous literary gifts are on full display in her sixth contemporary Israeli mystery to feature the understated but insightful Sephardic detective, Insp.

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Chief Inspector Michael Ohayon is called to the Jerusalem Psychoanalytic Institute on a quiet Sabbath morning when Dr. Eva Neidorf, a highly respected senior analyst, is found dead of a gunshot shortly before she was to have given a lecture on ethical and forensic problems in psychoanalysis.

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Here, two professors in the Hebrew Literature Department at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem are killed on one weekend: young lecturer Iddo Dudai is poisoned in Eilat by carbon monoxide introduced into his scuba diving tanks, and Shaul Tirosh, Israel's most prized poet and head of the Literatur...

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Gur's third Israeli mystery thriller involving detective Michael Ohayon of the Serious Crimes Unit (following Literary Murder) is at least as much about the world of the kibbutz as it is about the murder of beautiful, headstrong kibbutz secretary Osnat Harel.

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