Monday, October 10, 2016

The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything by D. A. Mishani

It's Avraham's first murder case and he wants to do well.  The case is complex, unusual, and hard to break, but he doesn't give up.  He wants to look competent and smart.  It's too bad the whole police force isn't willing to help him.  More than one overrides him and messes up his case.

Harper and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 8th.

This is set in Israel and like all the detective stories I read, the nuances and reactions of the cops are different from our own.  Of course, there are differences across the states here, so that's not unusual.

They find a lone woman on the floor in her kitchen.  She's been strangled.  She hasn't been sexually assaulted, even though she was raped in the past.  The man who assaulted her was still in jail.  Who would have been granted entry to her home?  It had to be someone she knew or trusted.  They begin by checking out the neighbors and her family members.  One neighbor said he saw cop leave after the fight they had above and he thought he'd checked it out.  But no one called it in and no cop responded.  Who would impersonate a cop?

The police are trying to piece things together, but his boss doesn't want to hear a thing about a policeman being at the scene.  He's told to ignore it.  They also imprison her son, who he's sure isn't guilty.

What do you do when you find out the man you married isn't what you thought he was?  She loves her husband, but he has moods, he won't talk, and he has something bothering him.  What she didn't know was that he has always had mental problems, this is nothing new. 

This is almost more of a psychological case than a murder case.  All in all, it's a pretty sad story of man who can't deal with life.  It took some dedicated police work to prove that but it doesn't make the cops feel real good.  Police work can be like that. 

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