Dead Sea: A Novel

Dead Sea: A Novel

by Lynne M. Baab

Dragooned into leading a study tour of Israel, stay-at-home Samantha finds herself baffled by the participants’ adversarial style of interaction. Most of them are employees of a computer game company with a recent hit, and they love vigorous debate. The ultimate adversarial interaction culminates in the death of one of the more abrasive study tour participants, evidently murdered by one of his coworkers. An attractive Israeli detective, Aaron Nahari, asks Samantha to help him with the investigation.

The minister at the church where Samantha works, who compelled her to help lead the tour, told her he believed the tour would change her life. While Samantha and Aaron conduct the interviews to find the killer, Samantha discovers the ways her life will be shaped by her adventure.

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Dear Reader
My husband and I lived in Tel Aviv, Israel, for eighteen months in 1979 and 1980. That experience was formative for us in many ways.
Fourteen years after we moved back to our home city, Seattle, I decided to write a murder mystery and situate it in Israel and Jordan. I wanted to “visit” some of my favorite places, including the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Ein Gedi, Masada, Jerash and Petra.
This book sat in storage (in paper form in a file cabinet and in electronic form on a computer diskette) until last year. As I read it, almost two decades after I wrote it, I found myself enjoying the characters and the descriptions of the locations.
So I decided to put some work into polishing it so I could publish it electronically and share it with others. I hope you enjoy visiting Israel and Jordan with me.

Blessings, Lynne Baab


I invite you to travel with me to Israel and Jordan. We'll visit the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea, Masada, Jerash and Petra.

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