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A Detective’s Complaint

Shimon Adaf

Elish Ben Zaken, Shimon Adaf’s enigmatic hero, has given up working as a private detective and makes his living writing detective novels based on unsolved cases from the past. He appears to live an ordinary, balanced life. But person like Elish can’t get away from his past so easily, especially when his niece Tahel calls on him for help. Tahel, a small child in Adaf’s previous novel, is now a teenager and an apprentice sleuth herself. And she has found a mystery to solve: a young woman gets on a bus in Beersheva on a Thursday evening and gets off in Sderot, close to the Gaza border, on Sunday evening. A bus drive that should have lasted an hour has lasted three days. The young woman remembers nothing – as far as she is concerned, the trip took an hour.

In order to help Tahel solve this mystery, Elish moves to Sderot. It is the summer of 2014, and Sderot is at the center of the Israel-Gaza war, filled with fear and hate. For Elish, this is a chance to investigate other issues – the meaning of family and the basic human need to look for mysteries and solve them.

Detective’s Complaint is the second book in Shimon Adaf’s detective trilogy. 


It leaves the reader with one prominent feeling: the desire to read Adaf’s next book.



Shimon Adaf is blessed with abundant talent…He has an alchemic ability with language to create resonant and deep beauty.


Title A Detective’s Complaint
Author’s Last Name Adaf
Author's First Name Shimon
Language(s) Hebrew
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2015
No. Pages 320
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Kovlana Shel Balash
Representation Represented by ITHL


English: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, forthcoming 
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