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Asylum City
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In this edgy thriller from the author of the #1 Israeli bestseller Lineup, which was described by Joseph Finder as `a marvel of tight plotting, spare prose, and relentless pacing', a young police officer's investigation of a murder plunges her into the dark underworld of Tel Aviv. When social activist Michal Poleg is found dead in her Tel Aviv apartment, her body showing signs of severe violence, officer Anat Nachmias is given the lead on her first murder investigation. Eager to find answers, the talented and sensitive cop looks to the victim's past for clues, focusing on the last days before her death. Could one of the asylum-seekers Michal worked with be behind this crime? Then a young African man confesses to the murder, and Anat's commanders say the case is closed. But the cop isn't convinced. She believes that Michal, a tiny girl with a gift for irritating people, got involved in something far too big and dangerous for her to handle. Joined by Michal's clumsy yet charming boss, Anat is pulled deep into a perplexing shadow world where war victims and criminals, angels and demons, idealists and cynics, aid organisations and criminal syndicates intersect. But the truth may be more than Anat can manage, bringing her face to face with an evil she's never before experienced.
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In this edgy thriller from the #1 international bestselling author of Lineup, which was described by New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder as 'a marvel of tight plotting, spare prose, and relentless pacing', a young police officer's investigation of a murder plunges her into the dark underworld of Tel Aviv.

About the Author

Liad Shoham is Israel's leading crime writer and a practising attorney with degrees from Jerusalem's Hebrew University and the London School of Economics. All of his five crime novels have been critically acclaimed bestsellers. He lives in Tel Aviv, and is married with two children.

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'The English translation of Asylum City should win Israel's leading crime novelist Liad Shoham an international following.' -- Olivia Cole * GQ * 'A strong plot, good characterisation, and serious social concerns ... a very good novel.' * Listener * 'Israeli author Shoham follows his U.S. debut, 2013's Lineup, with another triumph ... movingly depicts the plight of African immigrants in Israel.' * Publishers Weekly * 'Impressive ... Contemporary and anything but black and white ... A great example of socially -conscious mystery writing.' -- Maxim Jabukowski * Lovereading.co.uk * 'Enjoyable, taut and pacy ... Asylum City effectively highlights a social problem without diluting the murder mystery in which it comes wrapped.' * Jewish Chronicle * 'Shoham's depiction of a violent Tel Aviv, full of gangsters and frightening money men, is slickly and professionally drawn.' * Sunday Herald *

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