In 1986, when Laura Blumenfeld was a junior at Harvard
College, her father was shot in Jerusalem by a member of a rebel faction
of the Palestinian Liberation Organization responsible for attacks on
several tourists in the Old City. Her father lived, but Laura's desire
for revenge haunted her, and a decade later she finds herself going
undercover in Israel, looking for the terrorist who shot her father.
Traveling to Europe, America, and the Middle East, she
soaks up the stories and methods of avengers the world over as she plots
to infiltrate the shooter's life. Through interviews with Yitzhak
Rabin's assassin, with members of the Albanian Blood Feud Committee, the
chief of the Iranian judiciary, the mayor of Palermo, Sicily, an
Egyptian heroin smuggler, then-Israeli prime minister Benjamin
Netanyahu, priests and prostitutes, sports fans and fifth-grade girls,
she explores the mechanics and the psychology of vengeance.
Ultimately, her journey leads her back home -- where
she is forced to confront a long-simmering drama in her family. In the
end, her target turns out to be more complex -- and in some ways more
threatening -- than the stereotypical terrorist she'd long imagined.
Revenge: A Story Of Hope is a rare, ambitious,
personal and intellectual tour of dark urges often denied; about family,
loyalty and home; about the personal passions behind public events and
about the thin line between love and hate.