About the Author
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.
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This is a bit of a step up for me (the second in the Michael Ohayon mystery series) or maybe it's because I really love the literary world and can identify with the academia-people on display here. This one has more philosophy about literature than the others (obviously, since it takes place in the Literature Department), which really rekindled my love of literary theory, and it had some really interesting points to make about the nature of art. I also really admire how Gur manages to get under the skin of the various groups she portrays. Again Gur writes a solid mystery but this one has a little extra "oomph" for me personally.
The 2nd in the Michael Ohayon series.Set in Israel, Ohayon is a superintendent with the Jerusalem Police. Within the space of a weekend, two people who are associated with the Hebrew Literature Department of the Hebrew university are murdered. Ohayon investigates.That¿s the plot. It does have some nice twists and turns, particularly towards the end. The resolution is very good.The writing in this book, given that Gur is a literary critic for a leading Israeli publication, is surprisingly mediocre. It works for the story but is uninspired to say the least. Her characters are pretty one-dimensional, and you wind up not really caring what happens to them. Which is too bad, really, because she does come up with a nicely varied cast. It¿s no surprise, though, to find out that university politics is the same the world over.What is really annoying about this book is the quantity o peetic analysis thrown in. it may be, as the jacket blurbs comment, a passion of Gur¿s, but it does nothing for the book. I followed most of it with difficulty, got totally lost in some sections, and was extremely irritated by the last, lengthy section which purported to sum up the semester and did nothing of the sort. As a former university teacher, I found that annoying.This is not a book I would particularly recommend. Too much wrong with it despite some nice plotting.