Murder in Jerusalem by Batya Gur
A Michael Ohayon Mystery (Michael Ohayon Mysteries)

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Modern Israel is a place filled with contradictions: the beautiful landscape often rife with human conflict; the tranquil and the peaceful in constant struggle with terrible destruction; and amazing human love and kindness set against a backdrop of civil strife. Through the eyes of a writer like Batya Gur and her finest creation, Chief Superintendent Michael Ohayon, these complexities are treated with an intimate familiarity and rare depth of understanding.

When a woman's body is discovered in the wardrobe warehouses of Israel Television, the brooding Ohayon embarks on a tangled and bloody trail of detection through the corridors and studios of Israel's official television station and, especially, through the relations, fears, loves, and courage of the people who make the station what it is. It is a journey that brings into question the very ideals upon which Ohayon -- and indeed the entire nation -- was raised, ideals that may have led to terrible crimes.

Chief Superintendent Ohayon has spent his career surrounded by perplexing and horrific cases, but perhaps nothing disturbs him more deeply than what this mysterious woman's murder reveals. For the media, often at the center of the Israeli consciousness -- a place where political tensions; hostility; corruption; and the ethnic, social, and religious divisions that shake the nation come together -- may indeed be at the root of an unspeakable evil.

Murder in Jerusalem is the crowning achievement of a magnificent career, this final installment in the Michael Ohayon series a wonderful parting gift from the incomparable Batya Gur -- one last fascinating visit to an always tumultuous land, in the company of a writer and a detective so many devoted readers have loved so well.

 

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Batya Gur (1947-2005) lived in Jerusalem, where she was Batya Gur (1947-2005) lived in Jerusalem, where she was Batya Gur (1947-2005) lived in Jerusalem, where she was Batya Gur (1947-2005) lived in Jerusalem, where she was a literary critic for "Haaretz", Israel's most prestigious pa literary critic for "Haaretz", Israel's most prestigious pa literary critic for "Haaretz", Israel's most prestigious pa literary critic for "Haaretz", Israel's most prestigious paper. She earned her master's in Hebrew literature at the Heaper. She earned her master's in Hebrew literature at the Heaper. She earned her master's in Hebrew literature at the Heaper. She earned her master's in Hebrew literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and she also taught literaturebrew University of Jerusalem, and she also taught literaturebrew University of Jerusalem, and she also taught literaturebrew University of Jerusalem, and she also taught literature for nearly twenty years. for nearly twenty years. for nearly twenty years. for nearly twenty years. Evan Fallenberg is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and has lived in Israel since 1985, where he is a writer, teacher and translator. His recent translations include novels by Batya Gur, Meir Shalev and Ron Leshem. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Vermont College MFA program. LIGHT FELL is his first novel.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 418 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. 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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.) Because she’s obviously hungry, Ohayon charges into the apartment of Nita Van Gelden, foraging for baby food.

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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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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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Chief Superintendent Ohayon, a restrained and understated figure who will remind many of James's Adam Dalgleish, investigates the brutal murder of an attractive young woman whose bludgeoned corpse is found by chance in the attic of a house undergoing renovation in Jerusalem's Baka neighborhood.

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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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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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When Nita's father is murdered, Michael faces a dilemma: he wants to lead the investigation, but he's afraid his growing affection for Nita will interfere with his inquiry, which involves the possible discovery of a previously unknown Vivaldi requiem.

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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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