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The Missing File (Avraham Avraham Series #1)
     

The Missing File (Avraham Avraham Series #1)

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by D. A. Mishani
 

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In The Missing File, Israeli detective Avraham Avraham must find a teenage boy gone missing from the suburbs of Tel Aviv in this first volume in a fresh new literary crime series by D. A. Mishani.

Crimes in Avraham’s quiet suburb are generally not all that complex. But when a sixteen-year-old boy goes missing and a schoolteacher offers up a baffling

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In The Missing File, Israeli detective Avraham Avraham must find a teenage boy gone missing from the suburbs of Tel Aviv in this first volume in a fresh new literary crime series by D. A. Mishani.

Crimes in Avraham’s quiet suburb are generally not all that complex. But when a sixteen-year-old boy goes missing and a schoolteacher offers up a baffling complication, Avraham finds himself questioning everything he thought he knew about his life.

Told through alternating points of view, The Missing File is an emotionally wrought, character-driven page-turner with plenty of twists and turns. It’s a mystery that will leave readers questioning the notions of innocence and guilt, and the nebulous nature of truth.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Marilyn Stasio
Mishani…clearly knows his field, and in Steven Cohen's smooth translation he delivers a solid brainteaser. But a more satisfying way to read this mystery is to take it for what it really is—a thoughtful character study of a good man deeply troubled by issues of innocence and guilt.
Publishers Weekly
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.)
Kirkus Reviews
A missing person case provides an unexpected challenge for a suburban Tel Aviv police inspector. Aside from terrorism, there's very little crime in Israel. That, explains Inspector Avraham Avraham, is why so few detective novels are written in Hebrew. So when Hannah Sharabi comes to the station to report that her son Ofer left their apartment in Holon for school that morning and never returned, Avraham assures her that the 16-year-old probably left on his own and will eventually return. But Ofer doesn't turn up, and after a day, Avraham is forced to open an investigation. Much to his chagrin, young hotshot Eyal Shrapstein is assigned to help him. Shrapstein undermines Avraham's fragile authority almost as much as his older colleague Eliyahu Ma'alul supports him. Avraham's superior, Ilana Lis, is also supportive, but as the investigation stalls, her patience wears thin. Should Avraham focus more on Ofer's father, a seaman who was headed to Trieste when his son disappeared? On neighbor Ze'ev Avni, a teacher whose poor sense of boundaries may have pushed Ofer toward the edge? On one of the anonymous phone calls that make Shrapstein's ears twitch? Even a weeklong business trip to Brussels can't shake the Sharabi case from the mind of Avraham, who struggles to separate the truth from a tangle of evasions, misperceptions and outright lies. Mishani gives his unfortunately named sleuth a compelling debut in a complex case aimed straight at the reader's heart.
Booklist
“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.”
World Literature Today
“D. A. Mishani’s The Missing File is the first installment of a gripping new crime series.”
Daily American
“[A]very well-written and well-plotted story.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch
“[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.”
Marilyn Stasio
“[A] solid brainteaser…. satisfying…. a thoughtful character study of a good man deeply troubled by issues of innocence and guilt. ”
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
“Mishani weaves a densely complex psychological mystery…[and] provides a stunning and surprising conclusion.”
S.J. Watson
“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.”
Henning Mankell
“Impressive! . . . Dror Mishani writes with profound originality. . . . A truly interesting story.”
Theodore Reit
“[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
Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062195371
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/19/2013
Series:
Avraham Avraham Series , #1
Pages:
289
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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S.J. Watson

“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.”

Meet the Author

D. A. Mishani is a literary scholar specializing in the history of detective literature. His first novel, The Missing File, was the inaugural book in his literary crime series featuring the police inspector Avraham Avraham.

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The Missing File 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
RebeccaScaglione More than 1 year ago
Police detective Avi Avraham has to investigate the disappearance of a teenage boy, Ofer Sharabi.  The Sharabi’s neighbor, Ze’ev Avni is a writer, and creepily interested in this case, interfering in strange ways.  As Avi ventures into the search for Ofer, NOTHING is as it seems! The Missing File by D. A. Mishani was awesome.  I don’t usually pick up mysteries, but I received this book from TLC Book Tours and was hooked immediately.  The story is told from alternating perspectives, with every other chapter being told from the police detective’s point of view or from the POV of Ze’ev (the creepy neighbor). And when I say NOTHING is as it seems, it’s so true.  When I thought I figured it out, there was another twist.  There were honestly twists until almost the last page! My only complaint was the title.  The Missing File?  At one point, the police detective takes the file home with him.  But that’s it.  It’s more about a missing person.  This book was translated into English from Hebrew, so maybe there is a double meaning that doesn’t translate properly, but don’t be deceived by the title.  This book has nothing to do with a search for a missing file. The Missing File is the first part in a series of books and I would read more in a heartbeat.  However, you can read The Missing File and still feel like you have read a complete story, because basically, you have. Connect with D. A. Mishani on Goodreads and Facebook! I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. What’s your favorite mystery novel that you enjoy? Thanks for reading, Rebecca @ Love at First Book
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
There’s an old saying: “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” It is a fitting reverse description of the author of this debut novel. He is a literary scholar and editor of international fiction and crime literature at Keter Books in Israel and a literary scholar, specializing in the history of detective literature. So he is something of an anomaly. He has created a new protagonist, Israeli detective Avraham (“Avi”) Avraham, an introspective character who, while being a policeman, is unsure of himself when he is away from his duties. In this case, he is confronted by the mother of a 16-year-old boy who is said to have left home one morning for school and disappearing. .As Avi investigates what should be a simple missing person inquiry, it spirals out of control and takes over his life, ultimately becoming complicated by a neighbor who inserts himself into the investigation with what may be false information. Aside from the fact that the novel is set in Israel, where crime is a rarity, it could just as easily be placed elsewhere. Avi is a memorable protagonist, and the plot is well thought out. He is bruited about as the preeminent Israeli detective of the 21st Century. The translation is smooth, and the twist at the end is so unexpected that it is worthy of a more seasoned novelist. Presumably there is more to follow in a sequel. Recommended.
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
The Miss­ing File by D.A. Mis­hani is mys­tery novel tak­ing place in Holon, Israel. The book has been trans­late from Hebrew and is one of the few police mys­ter­ies / pro­ce­dural writ­ten in Israel. Israeli police detec­tive Avra­ham Avra­ham is look­ing for a miss­ing boy which dis­ap­peared from Holon, a Tel-Aviv sub­urb. To com­pli­cated mat­ters, a school-teacher decides to get involved in the case and offer some not-so-helpful clues which make him a prime suspect. Dur­ing the inves­ti­ga­tion Detec­tive Avra­ham starts ques­tion­ing him­self, his life and all he knows. The Miss­ing File by D.A. Mis­hani caught me unpre­pared, I was expect­ing a good book but what I found was excep­tional. The struc­ture is fas­ci­nat­ing and I could not find any glar­ing plot holes in the narrative. The book is not only a mys­tery, but a fas­ci­nat­ing glimpse into day-to-day Israeli life and cul­ture with­out the preach­ing or pro­pa­ganda. Mr. Mis­hani does not under­es­ti­mate his read­ers and wrote an intel­li­gent, well built novel. The pro­tag­o­nist of the book, police Detec­tive Avra­ham Avra­ham, is not your typ­i­cal hero. He is a grey man liv­ing in a grey world. Avra­ham is a good, solid police offi­cer who smokes too much , drinks occa­sion­ally, vis­its his par­ents but keeps them at a dis­tance, a bit dis­or­ga­nized and is not impressed by for­eign col­leagues. The detec­tive is not too bright, not much of a politi­cian and hard work­ing; his mind is not the bright­est or fastest. It’s dif­fi­cult to make a grey man inter­est­ing; after all he is sim­ply an aver­age man which we all encounter on a daily base which is why it’s so much fun to get to know him. It seems as if Avra­ham is afraid of the world, of his par­ents, of his female com­man­der (who he dares not think of any­thing but his supe­rior) and of his fel­low police offi­cers who threaten him with their rough exterior. The story jux­ta­poses between the point of view of the detec­tive to that of the prime-suspect, a school teacher, who also lives a sim­ple life with his very preg­nant wife. The teacher, how­ever, takes active steps to make his dull life seems more inter­est­ing. While some of us do take steps to make our lives fuller (for exam­ple: start a book blog) the teacher dis­cov­ers that he got much more than what he bar­gained for when insert­ing him­self in a police inves­ti­ga­tion and that being a new father has a very full life whether they asked for it or not. I espe­cially liked Mr. Mis­hani choice of loca­tion. Not many peo­ple out­side of Israel heard of Holon, but the city is the quin­tes­sen­tial Israeli town. It is not fleshy like Tel-Aviv or holy like Jerusalem, it is a nor­mal city, not unique in any way where peo­ple live their ordi­nary lives in ordi­nary ways. The Miss­ing File was a plea­sure to read, the book flows and the author does an excel­lent job keep­ing the reader’s inter­est from page to page. The only issue I had with the book was the trans­la­tion of the title which, in Eng­lish, makes lit­tle sense but in Hebrew seems appro­pri­ate in the con­text of the story. The book seemed to end with a new begin­ning and I, for one, am look­ing for­ward to the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vivid portraits of participants...a complicated protagonist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring, too slow