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Jewish Noir

Jewish Noir

Contemporary Tales of Crime and Other Dark Deeds

Edited by Kenneth Wishnia

"I never sleep well under mortar fire. Last night was no exception. The flares hadn't helped either, night shining like day."

So opens Good Morning, Jerusalem 1948. Presented in the first-person voice of 26-year-old Yitzhak Rabin, the story opens at his command center in Yemin Moshe on the Western slope of the Hinnon Valley across from the Old City of Jerusalem, where the Jewish Quarter is under siege. As a young commander in the Palmach, the elite strike force of the Jewish militia, the Hagganah, Rabin is struggling to come to grips with the fact that the Quarter will soon fall, and with it, an almost unbroken three thousand year history of Jewish life in Jerusalem will end. Rabin's concerns are redirected when he receives a dispatch concerning the capture of a mysterious woman, who was apprehended crossing the battle lines from East to West Jerusalem. As Rabin interrogates the strange and alluring prisoner he becomes increasingly disconcerted by what he learns from her about Jerusalem and about his own future.

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