- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (March 19, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062195379
- ISBN-13: 978-0062195371
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,310,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Missing File Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 19, 2013
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Inspector Avraham “Avi” Avraham is a veteran cop in Holon, a quiet suburb of Tel Aviv. Experience tells him that crime in Holon is pretty simple: no serial killers, and murder and rape are rare. So, when a distraught mother reports that her 16-year-old son didn’t return from school, Avi assures her that the boy will turn up. But he doesn’t, and Avi, a man filled with self-doubt and perhaps numbed by his town’s lack of unusual crime, agonizes as the investigation lurches on. A primary source of his discomfort is a high-school teacher who had previously tutored the missing boy and proceeds to insert himself into the investigation in a way that seems inexplicable. The sense of place here is fascinating (Tel Aviv’s suburbs seem both familiar and exotic), and the focus on Avi’s state of mind, which is plumbed continuously, brings psychological depth. Procedural details are intriguing, too, suggesting that policing, at least in Holon, is a more humane enterprise than in the U.S. Armchair-traveler crime aficionados will welcome Mishani’s debut and look forward to Avi’s return. --Thomas Gaughan
“Impressive! . . . Dror Mishani writes with profound originality. . . . A truly interesting story.” (Henning Mankell)
“THE MISSING FILE is a wonderfully satisfying detective mystery, with a heartbreaking finale. A tense, gripping page-turner that I devoured in two daysit’s hard to believe it’s a debut.” (S.J. Watson, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep)
“[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)
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Wrong. In the last few pages of this one, a peripheral character--a Belgian woman unrelated to the investigation--asks Avraham a few questions, and suddenly THE MISSING FILE really ends, literally with the words "To be continued..."
I'd never have bought it if I'd known it was half a mystery. Amazon says the author's next book will be out in July 2014. That's a little long to wait for the other shoe to drop.
Avraham Avraham (yes, both names are the same--I guess the author had to give him some kind of uniqueness)--starting with his thoughtless way of handling the distraught mother that came to him for help in finding her missing son. It was downhill from there.
There is potential in writing about 'regular' crime in Israel, even if there isn't much in reality as our 'hero' points out--after all Jessica Fletcher did in Cabot Cove, others in the university city of Oxford, etc. And then there is Foyle's War that deftly shows murder and mayhem still go on even while there is a war on.
I think there is potential in D. A. Mishani, so I will likely read the next in the series to see if Avraham Avraham can buck up and become the tough, smart Israeli we expect to exist there.
But gradually the book drew me in and I was pleased with the ambiguous ending.