Dirt (The Jonny Murphy files) (Paperback)

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A compulsive, searing political thriller set on a kibbutz in Northern Israel, where the discovery of the body of an Israeli-Arab worker sets off a devastating chain of events…

‘A first-class political thriller’ Steve Cavanagh

‘A fantastic page-turner and an intriguing look at a complex and dangerous world. Sarah Sultoon creates intelligent, memorable characters and fascinating stories’ Holly Watt

‘A powerful political thriller that brims with authentic detail. Clever, compulsive and achingly atmospheric’ Kia Abdullah


This is no utopia…

1996. Northern Israel. Lola leaves an unhappy home life in England for the fabled utopian life of a kibbutz, but this heavily guarded farming community on the Arab-Israeli border isn’t the idyll it seems, and tensions are festering.

Hundreds of miles away, in the Jerusalem offices of the International Tribune newspaper, all eyes are on Israel’s response to a spate of rocket attacks from Lebanon, until cub reporter Jonny Murphy gets a tip from a mysterious source that sends him straight into the danger zone.

When the body of an Arab worker is discovered in the dirt of the kibbutz chicken house, it triggers a series of events that puts Lola and the whole community in jeopardy, and Jonny begins to uncover a series of secrets that put everything at risk, as he begins to realize just how far some people will go to belong…


‘An immersive and evocative political thriller that thrust me into a unique, razor-edged world, with a plot filled with tension and complexity. The narrative twists around itself, becoming increasingly claustrophobic and fraught, until it arrives at its explosive dénouement’ Philippa East

‘Sarah Sultoon draws on her time spent as a journalist in the Middle East to bring northern Israel, its people, its beauty, and its complexities to life in vibrant colour in this twisting whodunnit…' Anthony Dunford

‘Unsettling, riveting, gets under your skin’ Peter Hain

About the Author

Sarah Sultoon is a journalist and writer, whose work as an international news executive at CNN has taken her all over the world, from the seats of power in both Westminster and Washington to the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan. She has extensive experience in conflict zones, winning three Peabody awards for her work on the war in Syria, an Emmy for her contribution to the coverage of Europe’s migrant crisis in 2015, and a number of Royal Television Society gongs.

Praise For…

"A third real-life thriller like The Source and The Shot, unsettling, riveting, gets under your skin." —Peter Hain

"Included in the Top 5 Killer Thrillers in Crime Monthly." —Crime Monthly.

"I couldn't stop thinking about the way that your world can turn upside down in the blink of an eye and it has made me think about the stories behind the headlines in a completely new way. A must-read for Spring 2023." —17 Degrees Magazine.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781914585463
ISBN-10: 1914585461
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication Date: September 19th, 2023
Pages: 276
Language: English
Series: The Jonny Murphy files