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The Missing File

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The Missing File

A Novel
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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.

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.

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  • 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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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from January 28, 2013
    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.).

  • Henning Mankell

    "Impressive! . . . Dror Mishani writes with profound originality. . . . A truly interesting story."

  • S.J. Watson, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep

    "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."

  • Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

    "[A] solid brainteaser.... satisfying.... a thoughtful character study of a good man deeply troubled by issues of innocence and guilt. "

  • Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    "An outstanding first novel. . . . Mishani puts his expertise in the genre to good use in combining the procedural and the puzzle with artful misdirection."

  • 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."

  • Kirkus Reviews

    "A compelling debut in a complex case aimed straight at the reader's heart."

  • Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

    "Mishani weaves a densely complex psychological mystery...[and] provides a stunning and surprising conclusion."

  • 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."

  • Theodore Reit, Spinetingler Magazine

    "[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

  • World Literature Today

    "D. A. Mishani's The Missing File is the first installment of a gripping new crime series."

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