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Death in Jerusalem: A Donald McCarry Mystery Hardcover – July, 1994

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 214 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312109652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312109653
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,715,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Stockbroker Donald McCarry finds himself in the middle of a fishy financial deal in this wry, intelligent Wall Street mystery. McCarry, seen before in Rich Man's Blood , has a cordial business relationship with Harry Brickman, who is looking for investors to back Agritech, a start-up agricultural company in Israel. McCarry goes to Israel with Brickman to check Agritech out, and, almost immediately, Brickman is kidnapped, apparently by Palestinian terrorists. As he waits for either a ransom note or news of Brickman's death, MaCarry learns from Agritech president Dov Levy and his assistant Esther Sennesh, whose relationship with Brickman may have been more than professional, that Agritech is part of a financial scam. But he doesn't know Brickman's place in the scheme--originator or victim. With deft sleight-of-hand, Boland, a former editor at Barron's , keeps the real solution out of sight and, in the brief, passionate affair of McCarry and Sennesh, creates a microcosm of the broader union he sets up between the two wildly different worlds of Wall Street and Israel, both of which he portrays with convincing authenticity.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Partly out of idle curiosity about Agritech Consultants, the new Israeli venture his slick pal Harry Brickman, of Morgenstern Ozick, is trying to raise money for, partly to avoid worrying about a rumored shake-up back in his own Wall St. office, commodities trader Donald McCarry agrees to accompany Harry to the Holy Land, ostensibly to look over the operation. Bad move. En route to Harry's villa in the Occupied Territories, their car is hijacked and Harry kidnapped. And the day after Donald--peacefully ensconced back in Jerusalem's King David Hotel while Harry's partners and wife burn up the transatlantic wires--meets Agritech president Dov Levy and his gorgeous assistant, Esther Sennesh, Israeli security people pull him off his return flight, a suspect in Dov's murder. Something's obviously rotten at Agritech. But if it's only Harry's fraudulent scheme to trick the Israeli government into providing a safety net for Agritech's speculators, then why are Esther and Harry (miraculously escaped from his captors) gunned down in a professional-looking street attack? And why does a quick check of Morgenstern Ozick's books back in New York reveal a shortfall the size of the Israeli national debt? Boland (Rich Man's Blood, 1993) deftly balances political terrorists and guys who just have their hands in your pockets in a tale that roars along like a BMW in heat. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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HOMINID (Perfect Crime,October 2011)

Publishers Weekly Starred Review: "Superior science thriller . . . Boland's taut atmospherics are top-notch, and the evolutionary themes he explores are easily accessible to non-scientists." On a remote island, three coffins harbor an old and deadly secret, and nobody--least of all young archaeologist David Isaac--is prepared for what is about to emerge. "Four stars. A tightly written thriller." Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. "A riveting scientific suspense novel on the order of the popular Preston and Child thrillers. . . . Hominid never fails to make for exciting reading." Betty Webb, Mystery Scene

LAST ISLAND SOUTH (Perfect Crime, September 2009)

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OUT OF HER DEPTH (Perfect Crime, October 2009)

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30 YEARS IN THE PULPS (Perfect Crime, September 2009)

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Besides writing novels and short stories, JOHN C. BOLAND has worked as a Senior Editor of Barron's Financial Weekly, contributed often to the Sunday New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and run a profitable hedge fund. He is the author of what Market Logic called "the best book ever written on insider trading"--Wall Street's Insiders (Morrow, 1985).

His story "Last Island South," from Ellery Queen's, gained two nominations for 2009 "Best Short Story": it was chosen as a finalist by the International Thriller Writers Association, and nominated for a Shamus by the Private Eye Writers. "Marley's Revolution," from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, was a 2012 Edgar nominee.

His previous novels, from St. Martin's Press and Pocket Books, were praised as "sparkling" (Publishers Weekly), "great fun" (USA Today), "tightly plotted" (Washington Times), "fast-paced" (Baltimore Sun), and "trenchant, sly--and cerebral fun throughout" (Kirkus).

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