Once again, Lizzie Badihi, the legendary newspaperwoman, has to deal with a complex detective mystery and proves that her plain, ungainly appearance conceals wisdom and integrity.
When Lizzie hears that Maurice Dahan, a close friend who hired her to work at the newspaper, has been murdered in his home, she can hardly hide her bewilderment. Dahan, who is in charge of advertising, is a much-loved figure not only on the editorial board, but throughout Beersheba. Lizzie`s bewilderment is quickly replaced by her determination to catch the killer and she embarks on a personal investigation.
Despite the strong opposition of her family, including her two brothers-in-law, Chief Inspectors Ben-Zion Koresh and Sergio Ilan, Lizzie goes to the crime scene, interviews witnesses and even conceals evidence. She discovers that her beloved Dahan was not exactly simon-pure, and that apart from his love affairs and cheating on his wife - his well-known weakness - he was involved in large-scale extortion and embezzlement. But just as the trail leads to a financial motive for the murder, Olga, Dahan`s beautiful assistant, disappears, and suspicions are reinforced that the murder was a crime passionnel. Meanwhile, someone breaks into Lizzie`s apartment and tries to kill her. Lizzie, of course, does not give in to threats. She discovers the murderer and risks her life confronting him.
This book will give you hours of intelligent, gripping entertainment... There are also some beautiful and powerful moments.
Not your typical suspense novel...Besides the riveting plot, the reader gets the oppportunity to wander the streets of Beersheva with Badihi and see Israeli culture and media through her eyes... Human insights full of tenderness and empathy.
The Lizzie Badihi books are puzzles whose pieces are made out of what we see and hear in the news, and this close proximity to day-to-day life is actually what gives them their ongoing appeal, as the book's quick entry on to the bestseller list can confirm.