Jonathan Papernick

Who by Fire, Who by Blood


Matthew Stone, the alienated grandson of a Jewish trigger man for Murder Incorporated, discovers that his father -- a dishonored N.Y. judge -- has not only been a supporter of the extreme right wing in Israel, but he has kept a secret bank account to support pro-Israeli terrorist activities.

“A frighteningly realistic world in which the protagonist faces judgments both internal and external at every turn... As with all good thrillers, Who by Fire, Who by Blood works by keeping you guessing and turning the pages."” The Forward

"Who by Fire, presents a finely drawn picture of a human being unraveling... a fast-paced thriller... terrifying." The Jerusalem Report

"Who by Fire, Who by Blood, will only increase an already widespread feeling that Papernick is one of the few Jewish-American writers able to write about Jewish extremism...part thriller, part love story, part psychological profile...Papernick proves himself a masterful storyteller..." Sanford Pinsker, New Jersey Jewish News


“What will haunt you forever is how Papernick brings you right up to the border between justice and terror, and then makes that border disappear. Open this book carefully. You will close it changed.”--Dara Horn, author of In The Image and The World to Come. Winner of the National Jewish Book Award.

“In the tradition of writers like Robert Stone and Ian McEwan, Papernick describes the quest to save oneself by redeeming history, and the perilous consequences that arise from confusing the two tasks. It's a harrowing, distinguished book.”-- Steve Stern, author of The Wedding Jester, and The Angel of Forgetfulness.

“Who By Fire, Who By Blood is smart, relentless, impossible to put down. Is this really his first novel? Jon Papernick can write.”--Jennifer Haigh, Bestselling author of Baker Towers, Mrs. Kimble, and The Condition.