Haunted by the past and his own limitations, Israeli Detective Avraham Avraham must stop a criminal ruthless enough to target children in this evocative and gripping tale of mystery and psychological suspense that is the follow-up to The Missing File, the acclaimed first novel in D. A. Mishani’s literary crime series that was shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger Award.
An explosive device is found in a suitcase near a daycare center in a quiet suburb of Tel Aviv. A few hours later, a threat is received: the suitcase was only the beginning.
Inspector Avraham Avraham, back in Israel after a much-needed vacation, is assigned to the investigation. Tormented by the trauma and failure of his past case, Avraham is determined not to make the same mistakes—especially with innocent lives at stake. He may have a break when one of the suspects, a father of two, appears to have gone on the run. Is he the terrorist behind the threat? Is he trying to escape Avraham’s intense investigation? Or perhaps he’s fleeing a far more terrible crime that no one knows has been committed?
No matter how much Avraham wants to atone for the past, redemption may not be possible—not when he’s entangled in a case more deceptive and abominable than any he’s ever faced.
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reeling from the imperfect investigation in the introductory novel in this series (“Missing File”) in which we met the introspective Israeli detective, Avraham Avraham, he is here presented with another confusing case which again tests him. In the debut novel (possible spoiler here), Avi encountered a case in which a young boy was murdered by his parents. And, apparently, in this plot he still rues the fact that he was unable to save the child. In this novel, the case begins when someone is observed leaving an “explosive” device outside a day care center. Out of this beginning arise tangential investigations, including the deadly assault on the head of the day care and the question of a missing wife of the father of one of the children attending the center who had supposedly left Israel for her native Philippines. In his investigation, Avi wonders if these incidents are related, and he becomes concerned about the safety of the man’s two sons. Once again, the author has demonstrated an ability to write a detective mystery that is completely original not only in its approach, but also in scope. While pursuing a police procedural, the author delves into a myriad of questions and emotions that give rise to deeper insight into the protagonist, as well as into a complex case with many ramifications. And in a side plot involving Avi’s on-again-off-again engagement/potential marriage, we gain additional knowledge of his personality and character. The novel is recommended.