The Jerusalem Assassin
By Avraham Azrieli
CreateSpace, 2011, 477 pages
Reviewed by Israel Drazin - August 1, 2012
This book continues the drama of "The Jerusalem Inception," also published in 2011. Reviewing the former book, I wrote that "Avraham Azrieli's suspenseful action thriller is an engrossing read and compares favorably with the novels by John Le Carre, Tom Clancy, and Lee Child." This sequel is far more exiting, and is arguably better than the novels of the aforementioned best-selling authors
The events in this sequel occur some twenty-eight years after those narrated in the former novel, in 1995. Yitzchak Rabin is now the Prime Minister of Israel. He is beleaguered by extremist who despise his plan to create peace with Arafat of the PLO. Elie, the leader of an unofficial group, the man who wants to get his hands on the vast fortunes stolen by a German general from Jews so that he can use the money to help Jews, is determined to help Rabin by staging a fake assassination attack. He is convinced that when the country sees that its Prime Minister is attacked, they will rally around him and support him.
Elie has discovered that the money is in a Swiss bank. He arranges for Jerusalem Gerster, his agent, to act as a non-Jew, marry into the banker's family, rise to become president, and gain control of the billions of dollars of Jewish money put into the bank by the Nazi general who stole the money. He misleads Jerusalem to believe that his parents have disowned him. He has also not revealed to the lovers Tanya, who now leads the European branch of Mossad, and Jerusalem's father, that the other is dead.
The novel is filled with machinations and manipulations by Elie of all the people who work for him so that he can accomplish his goal of gaining control of Shin Bet and Mossad and the billions of dollars in the Swiss bank. There are also many violent acts by Arab extremists and an Arab prince against his father.
This exciting novel should be made into a film. Hopefully, Azrieli will also write a sequel to it.