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"Spanning generations and continents, this unique exploration of the founding of Israel has all the intrigue and pace of a character-driven crime thriller, plus political depth."

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In essence, a gripping exposition of how a nation was founded away from the glare of the public political stage, with a tangled, lively cast of criminals and police men lending us their perspective, Lavie Tidhar’s Maror is an explosive feat of fiction. 

Radiant with all the brutally elegant atmosphere of crime noir, and the richly nuanced complexity and style of Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings, it’s a genre-busting novel that will catch your breath as it presents the history of Israel from unique points of view, with dazzling multi-generational scope.

Though the cast of characters is vast, and the narrative spans the 1970s through to the new millennium, a constant comes courtesy of corrupt cop Cohen. We meet him first during the early 2000s, with flashbacks to the seventies showing how he ended up the way he is as the story peels back layers of history, global politics and zeitgeist nuances. At once illuminating, thrilling and thought-provoking, this tale of corruption, killings, sacrifice and the souls that make up a nation is a symphonic feat of fiction.

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