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The Wolf and the Lamb: A Jerusalem Mystery    by Frederick Ramsey order for
Wolf and the Lamb
by Frederick Ramsey
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2014 (2014)
Hardcover, Softcover
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Passover, BC 32. Gamaliel and his physician friend Loukas are once again looking for a killer. Pontius Pilate has been accused of murder. He summons his enemy Rabban Gamaliel to prove him innocent. Knowing that Gamaliel is a just man, Pilate is sure he will be able to find the true murderer and exonerate him even though the two men find it hard to be in the same room with each other.

Gamaliel is sure Pilate is innocent and should not be sent back to execution in Rome. But if he proves Pilate's innocence, he knows his own people will turn against him. Gamaliel's musings on the answer to Pilate's problem takes the reader all over Jerusalem and into questions that still baffle the modern day religious world.

Many possibilities as to the real culprit's identity are expounded by Gamaliel but, in true detective fashion, he doesn't reveal the murderer until the last few pages. (No peeking allowed.) The background of the story reveals a prodigious amount of research.

The Wolf and the Lamb, fourth in the Jerusalem series, is another winner for Frederick Ramsey. He also writes Ike Schwartz mysteries as well as his Botswana mysteries.

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