Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Missing File by D. A. Mishani

Avraham likes to read crime novels and watch the cop shows on TV.  He is a detective and he always finds different answers to the mystery.  He's happy to expound on why they missed important clues or how they didn't ask the right questions or how they didn't reach the right conclusions.  But that was before he got involved in this case...

Edelweiss and Harper gave me the opportunity to download and read an ebook of this story (thank you).  It was published on March 1st, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.

What caught my attention about this book was that it is set in Israel.  Investigations in other countries are always different from our own and I also get a chance for learning about other cultures then, too.

Avraham is investigating a missing sixteen year old boy.  His mother says he never returned home from school.  At first, he thinks he's just a young man out having fun and doesn't take it too seriously.  But when the young man never returns, the case turns on him and he's suddenly being questioned why he waited so long to get started.

The first fly in the ointment is a teacher who is a neighbor.  He keeps trying to help in such a round about way that he becomes a suspect.  As the team of detectives keeps digging, Avraham plods along wondering why this real case isn't as easy as those he reads and watches.   The road to resolution of the case is long and arduous.

There is a real twist at the end that will leave you with your mouth open.  Ending a book with a cliff hanger so you'll read the next is not a technique I like, but it is effective.

This was a surprising book.  Why not try and see how you like it?

Happy reading.   

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