"Successfully grafts a classic hard-boiled detective plot line onto the complexities and dangers of life in modern Israel" (Publishers Weekly).
Levin has been living in Jerusalem for most of his adult life. Retired from the security services, he lives alone a few streets away from his ex-wife, continents away from his children. Adrift, Levin accepts a request to follow the wife of an acquaintance and discover her secret lover. Unlike the chaotic, incomprehensible suicide bombings he's used to dealing with, at least this assignment seems like one that could possibly be solved.
As Levin watches the woman, Deborah, he begins to assess her as a potential lover might. And when the man her husband believes to be her paramour is murdered--and Deborah, in desperation, turns to Levin with her own unexpected request--his own moral universe becomes as conflicted as the struggle between Arab and Jew for the fate of the fabled city.
From the Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of A Town Called Jericho
, this is both a twisting thriller and a "spare, pensive but never brooding study of obsessive love" (Kirkus Reviews
"The Jerusalem File
is styled as a neo-noir mystery story set in contemporary Jerusalem. From the first page, however, the book throws off reflections of its far deeper facets. Joel Stone uses his short and elegantly crafted thriller as the occasion for something much more ambitious--a meditation on the politics of the modern Middle East and, at the same time, the more intimate politics of the human heart . . . A page-turner."--Los Angeles Times