In this crime story, Lord Winchell died in mysterious circumstances. In 1930s Israel (then Palestine), just the fact of his death, let alone the mysterious nature of it, causes a good deal of concern in the Jewish community. He is one of the men who laid the groundwork for the rebirth of the state of Israel, and a journalist's investigations 40 years later makes unexpected waves in the body politic. At the same time, the story contrasts the Eurocentric behavior of these early settlers with the very different attitudes of native-born Israelis.
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