Blind, homosexual, Russian emigre speechwriter Nathan Kazakov has enough problems even before his left ear is obliterated by a bullet presumably meant for the Israeli prime minister. Determined to solve the mystery, Nathan begins exploring a web of conspiracies involving messianic orthodox settlers, Arab terrorists, and the Israeli secret service. Was the bullet intended for Nathan after all? or perhaps for the prime minister's son Gabriel, an archaeologist who shuns his father's politics? One trail leads to Leviticus, another beneath the Temple Mount. "Strange Fire" is "a stunning literary achievement" ("Miami Herald") fueled by Bukiet's singular imagination. A "Washington Post Book World" 2001 Rave, a "Chicago Tribune" Favorite Book of the Year, and a "Booklist" Editors' Choice. "Corrupt, violent, zigzagging atmosphere...a raucous vituperative attack on every kind of political hypocrisy." "Los Angeles Times Book Review""