David Tidhar with the 'Encyclopedia of the Founders and Builders of Israel.' Reproduction by Moti Milrod

The Real Sherlock Holmes of Tel Aviv

Israel’s first conference devoted to Hebrew-language detective fiction proved a stark reminder that few fictional private eyes have left a mark on Israeli literature — although one has come close.

Known as the “Sherlock Holmes of the Yishuv” (the pre-1948 Jewish community in Palestine), David Tidhar was an athlete, sports official, police officer, private detective, author and biographer who also edited...

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