The Missing File D Mishani
This book is compelling for its vivid portrait of Israeli life, not in the glamorous cafes of Tel Aviv but in the streets of Holon, a less than glamorous suburb. The main character is interesting, for the author has shunned creating an Israeli superhero and chosen instead to offer us a man disappointed in life, relying on colleagues for insights, and, in the case of this book, guilty for ignoring a mother's plea about her missing 16 year old son. But not is all that it seems, and, slyly, the book undermines the cliches of the detective story even as it follows standard mystery conventions. This series will deservedly do well, so it is worthwhile discovering it at the beginning of its fame. The only flaw was that some of the language is stilted, though it is impossible to determine whether the fault lies with the author or translator.
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