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Batya (Estate) Gur

Fiction, 2004

The body of a woman discovered in the wardrobe warehouses of Israel Television leads Chief Police Inspector Michael Ohayon on a tangled and bloody journey of sleuthing not just through the corridors and studios of Israel’s official television station but also through the relations, tensions, fears, loves and courage of the people who make television what it is, from the lowliest technician to the director.

In Shooting a Murder, Batya Gur positions Israel Television at the center of Israeli consciousness, where political tensions, hostility, corruption and the ethnic, social and religious divisions that shake the nation come together, the place to which all eyes turn in times of crisis and which serves as a base for the entire Israeli family.


Rights Sold:

France, Gallimard; Germany, Goldmann; Israel, Keter; Spain, Siruela; USA, Harper/Collins


“[A] biting cultural expose” – New York Times Book Review

“Gur’s tremendous literary gifts are on full display... a sophistication equal to that of P.D. James.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[U]niquely Israeli take on the paradox of the sacred and profane in the Holy Land.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Gur’s novels were insightful, thought provoking and eminently readable…” – BookPage, Mystery of the Month

“The events in Shooting a Murder are credible to a point where it is difficult to put the book down. The story remains with the reader long after the book has been closed.” – YNET

“Gur again succeeds in realistically presenting every layer of Israeli society. She penetrates a small and closed circle and with admirable precision unveils and deciphers its dynamics for the reader.” – Yediot Acharonot

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