Minotaur (Paperback)

Staff Pick Logo
Minotaur Cover Image
Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days

Staff Reviews

On his forty-first birthday, Alexander Abramov finds the woman of his
dreams. There’s only one problem. As an Israeli
spy--a job predicated on distrust--he cannot approach her directly. So,
of course, he sets about utilizing every cloak and dagger resource and
contact at his disposal to manipulate her life from afar. A forgotten
classic by Benjamin Tammuz, MINOTAUR is an eerie blend of noirish spy
thrills and romantic obsession. Graham Greene even went so far as to
call it his favorite novel. This one’s perfect for fans of Greene and
John Le Carre.

— Keaton


On the day of his forty-first birthday, an Israeli secret agent encounters a beautiful young English woman. In his overburdened mind, she is the woman he has been searching for all his life, the one he has loved forever. Though they have never met, he is certain that she is an essential part of his life's destiny. Using all tricks of his trade and his network of contacts, he takes control of her existence without ever revealing his identity. Alexander Abramov's desperate, dangerous love for a woman half his age consumes everything in its path: time, distance, and rival suitors. Only his own story, of a life conditioned by isolation, distrust, and murder, can explain his devastating manipulation of the woman he professes to love.

Four lives are entwined in this intricate story of a solitary man driven from one side of Europe to the other by his obsession. Riveting and full of suspense, as in the best spy-story tradition, Minotaur is also a highly inventive and original literary novel. Tammuz is a skilled writer whose commanding style makes of Alexander Abramov's story a moving allegory of every man's search for love.

About the Author

Benjamin Tammuz was born in Russia in 1919 and immigrated to Palestine with his family at the age of five. He was a sculptor as well as a diplomat, a writer, and, for many years, literary editor of the Ha'aretz newspaper. His numerous novels and short stories have been widely translated from the Hebrew and have received several literary prizes. He died in 1989.Translated from the Hebrew by Mildred Budny and Kim Parfitt.

Praise For…

“A superior novel, well written and plotted, with a convincing backdrop about a continent that rarely features in crime fiction.” —Marcel Berlins, THE TIMES

“Fast paced and slick, this is the first in what could well be an outstanding series.” —Laura Wilson, GUARDIAN

“A Dark Redemption is a clever, multi-layered beginning to a promising new series . . . Sherez does a masterful job with a particularity haunting plot.”—Henry Sutton, (Book of the Week) The Daily Mirror

“This intriguing and well-written thriller is highly original . . . Sherez ventures into a part of London that crime fiction readers probably never see. A salutary read, highly recommended.”—Jessica Mann, Literary Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9781609451165
ISBN-10: 1609451163
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: May 7th, 2013
Pages: 185
Language: English