Casper Laing, the young, fiery and brilliant Professor of Semitic
Languages, is asked to decipher an ancient parchment found in
Israel. Piecing together its mysterious fragments, his translation
soon reveals directions to a shrouded location. Believed to be the
secret hiding place of the True Menorah, an ancient and priceless
Jewish candelabrum, the Jordanians and Israelis begin a frantic
race to claim the prize. Surrounded by violent and treacherous
rivals, Casper is enjoined on a deadly adventure deep into the
burning Negev desert.A Long Way to Shiloh (1966), Lionel Davidson's
third novel, was a Book Society Choice and won the Crime Writers'
Association Gold Dagger Award as well as the Crime Critics' Award
for Best Thriller of the Year. Published in the USA as The Menorah
Men, it was a no. 1 bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic. It
further cemented his reputation as one of the pre-eminent genre
writers of his generation, and was described by the Guardian as
'first-rate' and by the New York Times as 'a supple delight in
which learning, wit and style are beautifully integrated.'
Faber and Faber
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