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Lapid has taken the body, the investigator and the compulsion to expose the truth from the detective genre. But this is more than a detective story. Breznitz, a lovesick, introspective police detective in the midst of a personal crisis, investigates the murder of an unidentified man found in the woods near Jerusalem. An Arab suspect is caught and confesses, but Breznitz believes that it’s a red herring. He becomes the obsessive hunter of a single criminal. The identity of the decomposing body is not revealed for the first half of the book, and that of the killer is not revealed until the very end. The case changes the detective’s life.

French, German, Italian
Title Breznitz
Writer's Last Name Lapid
Writer's First Name Haim
Genre Fiction
Publisher (Hebrew) Zmora-Bitan
No. Pages 158pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Breznitz
  • “ Breznitz...is an excellent novel of ideas, thrilling and threatening.”

    Critic Ariana Melamed
  • “ The investigation is full of unexpected turns and discoveries, not least of which is the meeting between Breznitz and the Arab suspect....It could easily be taken as an allegory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”