Lionel Davidson’s novels are well-crafted thrillers that vary in setting, point of view, and theme. Davidson skillfully depicted scenes in London, Israel, Germany, and Prague, capturing the idiosyncratic speech in each country. His heroes, often cranky bachelors, enjoy drink and women. Although Davidson coolly poked fun at his heroes and their adventures, some of his novels also consider historical themes and social issues and are suspenseful and humorous. In The Chelsea Murders (1978), he treats the genre of the murder mystery itself with irony. In all of his novels, there is an engaging intellectual component.