OPERATION APRICOT by C. A. Haddad

OPERATION APRICOT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Iraqui-Israeli Haddad's third--and weakest--suspense-satire hinges on an absurdly complex (and, since the fall of Rabin, thoroughly dated) intrigue: all the minority parties are conspiring with the Arabs (and, as it turns out, the CIA) to promote terrorism, create hawkish hysteria, and thereby drive the moderate Labor coalition from power. ""Ripe"" newswoman Dahlia is tipped off and ropes lover/buddy/ millionaire David Haham, the reluctant spy of Bloody September, into investigating--which he does by pretending to join forces with the rightists. As always, Haddad is a sprightly master of ceremonies--shmears of dialogue, David's crisp and sexy narration, swatches of newspaper reports and government bulletins--and the Iraqui-Israeli identity crisis remains an alluring keyhole for peeking at life in Israel. But this time the Haddad mishegoss, swinging wildly between heavyhanded yocks (US President Cracker, the ""Meshuga Conspiracy"") and brutal realities (Dahlia's gang-rape, her son's mutilation), is, from one moment to the next, too laughable to believe or too believable to laugh at--and that, haverim, is chozzerai.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1977
Publisher: Harper & Row