The Reckoning by Patrick Bishop

The Reckoning
The Reckoning

Recommended by Phil Weir

Grandly, but with justification, this true crime yarn bears the sub-heading ‘How the killing of one man changed the fate of the Promised Land’.

Set in UK-ruled Palestine during the darkest days of the Second World War, it centres on the cat and mouse game fought between senior Mandate Police detective Geoffrey Morton and Avraham Stern, the mystic-pote leader of the Stern Gang.

Stern and his Zionist splinter group were determined to bring about the rapid birth of the state of Israel by way of the bomb and the gun and even considered seeking help from fascist Italy and the Nazis.

The battle between cops and terorists ultimately led to a death that was welcomed at the time, went on to be an unparalled inspiration to many, and yet remains controversial and shrouded in mystery to this day.

Although probably considered a mere sideshow of the war 70 years ago, Bishop brings this gripping story out of the shadows and illuminates events that have come to have great bearing on the present.