may be a new name to readers here but in his native Israel he is fast becoming a star with four novels under his belt, a collection of short stories and several reviews.
Croc Attack! is narrated by Eitan Enoch, who we first meet as he is taking his usual bus into work. A fellow passenger starts to worry about a furtive-looking man sitting opposite him. Thus begins a week of brutal suicide bombings and equally brutal reprisals, at the end of which Enoch finds himself an inadvertent national celebrity – “the man the terrorists couldn’t kill”. This leads to his being targeted by a Palestinian group unhappy with this new symbol of Israeli defiance. Despite the heavy subject matter this is a rollicking adventure story suffused with the kind of surreal humour Israeli novelists are fast claiming as their own. Trenchant and hilarious. Maria Jones