The main objective of this paper is the investigation of the singular nature of the crack-tip stress field in a nonhomogeneous medium having a shear modulus with a discontinuous derivative. The problem is considered for the simplest possible loading and geometry, namely the antiplane shear loading of two bonded half spaces in which the crack is perpendicular to the interface. It is shown that the square-root singularity of the crack-tip stress field is unaffected by the discontinuity in the derivative of the shear modulus. The problem is solved for a finite crack and extensive results are given for the stress intensity factors.

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