Death in Shangri-La by Yigal Zur [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: Death in Shangri-La

Author: Yigal Zur

Publisher: Oceanview

Publish Date: August 7, 2018

Genre: Crime & Detective

Series: Dotan Naor Thriller #1

My Rating: 3/5

Death in Shangri-La by Yigal Zur


Ex-Israeli operative turned private investigator, Dotan Naor—to settle a bet—agrees to locate the missing son of former acquaintance, now ruthless Israeli arms merchant, Willy Mizrachi. Willy, who does not hesitate to sell killing machines to the most heinous players in the world, is desperate to find his only son, Itiel, who has headed to an ashram in the Himalayas.

The Himalayas are also host to groups of young Israelis who have completed their mandatory military service—a sort of rite of passage. Now, those innocent kids are being hunted down by violent terrorists.

India and the disputed Kashmir region between India and Pakistan is familiar territory to Dotan, as he searches for Itiel and for the source of these heinous attacks on Israeli youth.

Unwilling to leave this quest in the hands of Dotan, Willy also travels to India, where he is murdered in Delhi, triggering international repercussions capable of ripping the world apart at one of its most dangerous flashpoints.

Nothing is as it seems in this region of the world. Betrayal reigns everywhere.

But love, in its purest form, does manage to shine through in this story of brutal international corruption.

Death in Shangri-La by Yigal Zur


Dotan Naor is a former Israeli agent turned private investigator. Willy, an arms dealer and an acquaintance of Dotan, is found dead in India. Dotan travels to India with an Israeli agent to investigate Willy’s death.

Death in Shangri-La is the first book in a new series. The main character, Dotan, is a bit of an unknown. He seems like a smart, spiritual, and dedicated individual, so it’ll be interesting to see where this series goes.

An action thriller with some mystery and romance. While the setting and plot were entertaining, I wasn’t a fan of the characters – they were not as well-developed as I would have liked. Still, a quick and entertaining read.

Books in the Dotan Naor Thriller series:
  1. Death in Shangri-La
  2. Passport to Death

6 thoughts on “Death in Shangri-La by Yigal Zur [Book Review]

    1. I would read more of the series. This book was translated from Hebrew, so I’m not sure if the others will be available in English translations.

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