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"Impressive! . . . Dror Mishani writes with profound originality. . . . A truly interesting story."--Henning Mankell "[A]very well-written and well-plotted story."--"Daily American" "D. A. Mishani's "The Missing File" is the first installment of a gripping new crime series."--"World Literature Today" Impressive! . . . Dror Mishani writes with profound originality. . . . A truly interesting story. --Henning Mankell" [A] solid brainteaser . satisfying . a thoughtful character study of a good man deeply troubled by issues of innocence and guilt. --Marilyn Stasio, "New York Times"" An outstanding first novel. . . . Mishani puts his expertise in the genre to good use in combining the procedural and the puzzle with artful misdirection. --"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)" The sense of place here is fascinating, and the focus on Avi s state of mind, which is plumbed continuously, brings psychological depth. Procedural details are intriguing, too. . . . Armchair-traveler crime aficionados will welcome Mishani s debut and look forward to Avi s return. --"Booklist"" A compelling debut in a complex case aimed straight at the reader s heart. --"Kirkus Reviews"" Mishani weaves a densely complex psychological mystery [and] provides a stunning and surprising conclusion. --"Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine"" [A]very well-written and well-plotted story. --"Daily American"" [A] promising debut [that] examines issues of truth, lies and perspective . Raders of edgy mysteries set in unusual places will eagerly await his planned sequel. --"Richmond Times-Dispatch"" [Mishani] has created a new memorable protagonist, Israeli detective Avraham ( Avi ) Avraham. The translation is smooth, and the twist at the end is so unexpected that it is worthy of a more seasoned novelist. Recommended--Theodore Reit, "Spinetingler Magazine"" D. A. Mishani s "The Missing File" is the first installment of a gripping new crime series. --"World Literature Today"" THE MISSING FILE is a wonderfully satisfying detective mystery, with a heartbreaking finale. A tense, gripping page-turner that I devoured in two days it s hard to believe it s a debut. --S.J. Watson, New York Times bestselling author of "Before I Go to Sleep"" "D. A. Mishani's The Missing File is the first installment of a gripping new crime series."--World Literature Today "[Mishani] has created a new...memorable...protagonist, Israeli detective Avraham ('Avi') Avraham. The translation is smooth, and the twist at the end is so unexpected that it is worthy of a more seasoned novelist. ... Recommended--Theodore Reit, Spinetingler Magazine "[A] promising debut...[that] examines issues of truth, lies and perspective.... Raders of edgy mysteries set in unusual places will eagerly await his planned sequel."--Richmond Times-Dispatch "[A]very well-written and well-plotted story."--Daily American "Mishani weaves a densely complex psychological mystery...[and] provides a stunning and surprising conclusion."--Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine "A compelling debut in a complex case aimed straight at the reader's heart."--Kirkus Reviews "The sense of place here is fascinating, and the focus on Avi's state of mind, which is plumbed continuously, brings psychological depth. Procedural details are intriguing, too. . . . Armchair-traveler crime aficionados will welcome Mishani's debut and look forward to Avi's return."--Booklist "An outstanding first novel. . . . Mishani puts his expertise in the genre to good use in combining the procedural and the puzzle with artful misdirection."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "[A] solid brainteaser.... satisfying.... a thoughtful character study of a good man deeply troubled by issues of innocence and guilt. "--Marilyn Stasio, New York Times "THE MISSING FILE is a wonderfully satisfying detective mystery, with a heartbreaking finale. A tense, gripping page-turner that I devoured in two days--it's hard to believe it's a debut."--S.J. Watson, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep

At the beginning of literary scholar Mishani's outstanding first novel, Insp. Avraham Avraham of the Holon police tells a complainant that there are "no detective novels in Hebrew" because crimes in Israel are straightforward, with no real mystery. Subsequent events show that a crime committed in Israel can offer plenty of mystery. When Hannah Sharabi expresses anxiety about her 16-year-old son, Ofer, who's failed to return home from school, Avraham dismisses her concerns of foul play. As time passes and Ofer doesn't reappear, Avraham feels increasingly guilty. Officials soon launch an investigation, which becomes the obsessive focus of a neighbor of the Sharabi family, Ze'ev Avni, who tutored the high school boy. Avni can't stop involving himself in the case in bizarre and self-sabotaging ways. Mishani, the editor of international fiction and crime literature at Keter Books in Israel, puts his expertise in the genre to good use in combining the procedural and the puzzle with artful misdirection. Agent: Marc Koralnik, the Liepman Agency (Switz.). (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Israeli author Mishani's excellent debut features police inspector Avraham Avraham, a mildly depressive type who lives in the rundown city of Holon. He has spent most of his time on investigations that require little thinking so when a woman reports her 16-year-old son's disappearance, the detective tells her to wait, since most runaways come home on their own. But the boy doesn't return. As the case progresses, it becomes progressively cloudier. Mishani tells his tale from the dual perspectives of Avraham and a neighbor whose preoccupation with the missing boy seems suspicious. An unanticipated admission leads to an unexpected conclusion, but there are surprises to the very end of this well-crafted book. VERDICT Avraham isn't at all like Georges Simenon's Inspector Maigret but there's a commonality between Simenon's thrillers and this book, having to do with the dominance of place and atmosphere and the feeling detectives aren't supermen, just ordinary men doing their best at a nearly impossible job. Mystery lovers, especially fans of the late Israeli crime writer Batya Gur, will enjoy this work.-David Keymer, Modesto, CA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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