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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 fIn 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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  • Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
    2018-12-19 06:04

    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.For more reviews and bookish posts please visit: http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

  • Siv30
    2019-01-01 07:07

    זה לא ספר בלשים סטנדרטי. העלילה מתפתחת באיטיות ולקראת הסוף צוברת תאוצה. הרעיון הגאוני של משעני להסיט את פתרון העלילה באמצעות סיפור בתוך סיפור עובד מצויין למרות שבהתחלה קשה להבין את הצורך בהסטה הזו וברור לקורא שזו הסטה בוטה. שלושת הפרקים האחרונים מצויינים. באמת והם אלה שהקנו לספר 4 כוכבים.

  • Mandy
    2018-12-29 08:05

    When a mother walks into her local police station to report her son missing, Inspector Avi Avraham isn’t initially worried and sends her home again. After all, he muses, the reason there are no detective novels in Hebrew is because there is no real crime, nothing to make a good subject for a book. But almost immediately Avraham starts to doubt himself and his decision not to raise the alarm straight away. It’s the first of many mistakes this essentially good and well-meaning policeman makes in this unusual and original crime novel. D A Mishani is an Israeli crime writer and literary scholar, who specializes in the history of detective fiction and has now written his own contribution to the genre. Set in the Tel Aviv suburb of Holon, with an atmospheric and evocative sense of place and Jewish-Israeli culture, this accomplished and well-crafted debut novel held my interest from the very first page. Everything about it is interesting. Avraham himself is a complex character, self-doubting, a good man, not always a good detective, but aware of his own limitations. His colleagues, usually more quick-witted than him, are nevertheless respectful and friendly towards him. The police procedural aspect of the novel is brilliantly described, with no extremes of behaviour, but with a realistic approach to the solving of the suspected crime. The plotting is slow paced, with lots of twists and turns, and the dénouement both satisfying and, for me at least, unexpected.This is not a crime novel with a lot of dramatic episodes and flamboyant characters but all the better for that. I believed in these people, I believed in what happened and I enjoyed the psychological depth with which Mishani entered into this world. I found it a gripping page-turner which works on many levels, and although I do not usually read crime novels, this was one that totally hooked me, and I look forward to reading more of the series of which this is the first volume.

  • Bill
    2018-12-22 03:12

    This is the first book in the Avraham Avraham mystery series, which is still in the early stages (2 books written so far). Avi Avraham is a police investigator working in Israel. Working the evening shift, a woman comes to the police station to report her son is missing. Avi persuades her to wait until morning, not being too enthusiastic about instigating an over night search and investigation. The next day he finds himself heading the investigation into the boy's disappearance. It's an odd, different type of mystery, featuring both Avi and a neighbour of the distraught family; a school teacher who instigates himself into the investigation and tries to establish a close contact with Avi. I don't think I've really read a mystery quite like this one. I enjoyed it, didn't necessarily warm to the main characters, just to Marianka, a police woman from Brussels (how did Avi get to Brussels you ask? Well, you'll have to read the story)... The second book was released 2013 and I will read, especially considering the ending to book 1.. (once again you'll have to read to see the ending.)... Enjoy!

  • Nancy Oakes
    2019-01-04 09:59

    3.75, read in April of 2013. Another I forgot to write a goodreads review for! better late than never, though. I was fortunate enough to get an ARC of this novel, so to Trish at TLC Book Tours and to the publisher, a big thanks.As an avid reader of international crime fiction, I have books from several countries around the world, but The Missing File is my first crime-fiction novel from Israel. It is also the first in a projected series (which I deduced from the final words "to be continued" at the end of the book) to feature detective Avraham (Avi) Avraham, who works out of a small, depressing office in Holon, close to Tel Aviv. As a police procedural it is not quite the same as most books in that category, although Avi shares the what's-becoming-ever-more-traditional detective/personal life angst of many other well known fictional crime solvers. Right away the reader is clued in that this story may actually be something different: a mom comes in to report her son missing and Avraham tells her to go home. The story continues with different twists and turns that also signal that this is not going to be your average police detective novel. No formulaic resolution for this author -- he is bringing something a little different to the crime-reading table in this book, and that's a good thing. The case of missing 16 year-old Ofer causes Avraham a great deal of anxiety and causes him a major amount of second guessing himself throughout the story. Without going into any great detail about plot, the case takes some very strange turns. The Missing File, however, is less about the plot and more driven by character -- Avraham is supposed to be an ace detective but there are times that as a reader, you'll find yourself a) questioning decisions he makes to the point where it's difficult to understand why he's held in such high regard and b) wondering whether or not this case is ever going to be solved. Avraham works in shabby surroundings, has to deal with a younger, more tech-savvy fellow detective in his squad who gets his boss's attention with his modern theories, and Avraham also comes home to an empty house every night, to watch Law and Order while picking off every mistake in the TV detectives' cases that would make them unprosecutable. He is constantly second guessing himself on the job and when he makes mistakes, he's virtually inconsolable; when he realizes he's brushed off a mother's concerns and the son still hasn't returned the next day, it causes him to dive into the case with a vengeance. If you're looking for the average point A to point B solution, this is not the place where you'll find it. I appreciate anything beyond the ordinary, and Mishani has certainly given me that in this novel. Many readers have noted that the action in this book is slow, and that is definitely true. They've also noted that the action in The Missing File is not exactly what they're used to in a police procedural, and that is also the case, but from where I see it, that's a plus. My issue isn't with either one of these points; for me careful character development is key to any first novel in an ongoing series. Plot, pacing and solutions are important to me as well, but when I pick up what may be a series opener, I want to know if I like the main character enough to continue with a second installment. On finishing the book, Avraham still remains a mystery -- while we have a few clues as to what makes Avraham tick, I'm still not sure what lies beneath this very different detective. Then again, trying to discover that unknown factor just might be a very good reason to pick up the next book in the series. Definitely recommended, it should appeal to crime-fiction lovers.

  • yoav
    2019-01-12 09:56

    הספר הוא בעצם רומן וספר מתח. למעשה חלקו הראשון של הספר הוא רומן על שוטר מדוכדך ומיואש מחייו, עמוס ברגשות אשם ועם יחסים לא פתורים עם הבוסית שלו שנקלע לחקירה שהוא לא מצליח לקדם ושוקע במהלכה יותר ויותר. בחלק הזה הנחתי את הספר בצד (קראתי ספר אחר וחזרתי), כי שקעתי מדי במצב רוחו המדכדך של אברהם אברהם. למעשה בחלק הזה מפוזרים רמזים ומסיחים לפתרון התעלומה, שהחוקר ובעקבותיו הקורא, אינו רואה ובמקביל נפרס סיפור נוסף שקשור בחלקו לעלילה. בחלק השני סיפור המתח נכנס לקצב מהיר ומותח העלילה מתפתלת יפה ונגמרת באופן מפתיע. רומן מתח מצוין בעיני.

  • Adi Elkin
    2019-01-05 11:01

    4.4 stars. A great detective story. Just the way it should be.

  • Ubik 2.0
    2018-12-20 08:16

    Uno strano tipo di detective…Una bella sorpresa questo poliziesco, diverso fin dalla provenienza (Israele), ma anche per il ritmo, un andamento lento e avvolgente, e soprattutto per i personaggi tutt’altro che stereotipati, delineati con un’estrema cura del dettaglio e una precisione psicologica raramente riscontrabili nei thriller contemporanei.Colpisce in primo luogo l’ispettore Avraham, umanissimo e perfettamente verosimile nella sua difficoltà ad essere un detective da manuale, con una spiccata tendenza all’ansia e al senso di colpa e la propensione a distrarsi e a divagare, fissandosi su dettagli ininfluenti nel corso delle indagini e degli interrogatori e per contro dimenticando o sottovalutando alcuni elementi importanti, tanto da arrivare alla soluzione (peraltro messa in dubbio anche dopo la conclusione dell’indagine) in modo tutto sommato casuale e solo grazie all’influenza di casuali interferenze. Tutto l’opposto, insomma, dei detective lucidi e geniali che vanno dritti al sodo e sviluppano intuizioni che ai comuni mortali risultano inafferrabili. Investigatori così esistono solo nei polizieschi mentre Avraham, che pure nel tempo libero ne legge a iosa…, appare una persona come tutti noi.Altrettanto ben tratteggiati sono gli altri componenti del team investigativo, da Ilana, la capoufficio con cui A. mantiene un rapporto umano e professionale con alcuni margini di ambiguità, all’antipatico arrivista Sharfstein: ma il vero deuteragonista del romanzo, che intrattiene con l’ispettore dialoghi intriganti dal notevole spessore psicologico, è “il vicino di casa”, il professor Zeev Avni su cui non ci si può soffermare senza rischiare lo spoiler, per il ruolo che fin dall’inizio Mishani gli attribuisce costruendo con notevole abilità un eccellente sfuggente personaggio.Come si sarà capito, lo spazio occupato dai personaggi del racconto è preponderante (e tanto altro ci sarebbe da dire sui componenti della famiglia in cui avviene l’evento che dà il titolo al libro), perché Mishani ha creato un ottimo giallo psicologico che nel confronto, talora scontro, fra i diversi caratteri avvince il lettore, richiamando atmosfere “à la Simenon”, molto più del Montalbano incongruamente piazzato sulla copertina!

  • EpidermaS
    2018-12-29 10:12

    Istnieją trzy istotne powody, dla których warto przeczytać „Chłopca, który zaginął”.1. Akcja thrillera dzieje się na Bliskim Wschodzie. Może nie ma tu zbyt wielu lokalnych smaczków, ale jest to pierwszy dreszczowiec osadzony we współczesnym Izraelu, z jakim się zetknęłam. Na początku myliły mi się imiona postaci, ale dezorientacja dość szybko ustąpiła miejsca ciekawości. Mishani, autor powieści, jest rodowitym Izraelczykiem i zręcznie wprowadza czytelnika w tamtejsze realia. Warto zaznaczyć, że nie boi się obnażenia niekompetencji izraelskich służb specjalnych…2. …co z kolei może przekładać się na to, iż główny bohater powieści, detektyw Awi Awraham, nie jest superherosem (na szczęście!). Idzie mu raz lepiej, raz gorzej. 24 godziny bez snu faktycznie sprawiają, że nasz bohater wolniej kojarzy fakty. Intuicja czasem go zawodzi. Choć żyje swoją pracą i naprawdę inteligentny z niego facet, czasem się myli. MYLI. Tak po prostu. I chwała mu za to. Dzięki temu jest bardziej prawdziwy, ludzki.3. Tak samo, jak ludzcy są bohaterowie niebezpośrednio związani ze śledztwem. Autor „Chłopca…” posunął się do pięknego zagrania. Wprowadził postacie z zewnątrz, które w mniejszym lub większym stopniu wpływają na przebieg dochodzenia. Ich czyny, spostrzeżenia, przemyślenia mogą zastopować pracę policji, pchnąć postępowanie do przodu, a nawet zafundować policjantom zwrot o 180 stopni. Zupełnie jak w prawdziwym życiu.Czy książka ma wady? Ano ma. Niektórzy mogą zarzucić jej brak napięcia, przegadanie, zbyt powolne tempo akcji. I wiecie co? Tak właśnie jest. Jeśli czytelnik nastawi się na krew, flaki, pościgi i strzelaniny, to srogo się zawiedzie. Mnie jednak książka izraelskiego pisarza po prostu wciągnęła. Mishani napisał książkę z pogranicza thrillera i obyczajówki, co bardzo mi odpowiada. Ponoć dwie kolejne części cyklu są już dostępne na polskim rynku, więc nie pozostaje mi nic innego, jak zacząć książkowe polowanie.

  • stefano
    2019-01-15 07:02

    Una piacevole sorpresa. Grigio, asfittico, ansiogeno. Triste. Io c’ho la fissa di Scerbanenco, lo vedo anche dove non dovrei (ma vorrei) e questo romanzo me lo ha ricordato. È ambientato in Israele, oggi, ma poteva essere la Milano degli anni sessanta e sarebbe stato uguale: per me è un complimento enorme. In questa storia sono tutti miserabili: vittime, carnefici e investigatori. Persino le comparse sono miserabili. Fa venire una tristezza infinita. Mishani in questo, ed è un altro enorme complimento, mi ha ricordato l’Indridason de La signora in verde. Insomma, un piccolo gioiellino da leggere assolutamente. https://poisononatofesso.wordpress.com/

  • John Brooke
    2018-12-22 04:02

    The best police/crime stories open up the heart of a society at a given point in time. The most powerful work like poems, building on structural symmetries that reverberate well beyond the boundaries of the narrative. The Missing File is a fascinating procedural from Israeli writer D.A.Mishani – his first. This quiet, moody story about the search for a missing teenaged boy takes place in a suburb of Tel Aviv. No shots are fired.When Inspector Avraham Avraham (yes, weird name – colleagues tease him for it) takes the report from the boy’s anxious mother, he tries to convince her not to worry, her son is probably out on a tear with friends or off with a girl - he will surely show up the next day. By way of haplessly underscoring this less-than-soothing message, Avraham asks the mother to consider why there are no “detective” novels in Israel. Avraham’s answer to his rhetorical question: because nothing violently or criminally exciting ever happens here. This is a sly and doubly-ironic note upon which Mishani begins his story because: a) There is a deep strain of violence at the heart of this story; and, b) In keeping with Avraham’s pronouncement that “nothing exciting happens here”, this Israeli crime story remains disturbingly mute (we could even say “repressed”) while building a compelling, neurotic energy that keeps us reading.The boy's mother accepts the cop’s advice and goes home. And Inspector Avraham immediately senses he has made a mistake by not immediately ordering an official search. This “missing file” evolves into a case revolving around a boy who has likely been murdered. But there is no trace of the boy, dead or alive, and all hypotheses remain without substantive clues.Two primary characters impel this story toward its odd, dark center: The policeman, Avi – as his mother-like boss calls him, is a brooding, single man in his thirties. We know little about his past, except that he has a good record closing cases; and that his ageing parents fight a lot so he avoids them. When the missing boy does not turn up the next day - as blithely predicted, Avi is slowly tormented by insecurities, both personal and professional, as he tries to keep control of a case he knows he has botched from the outset. Avi’s darkness is uncomfortable. We want him to battle through it, but it’s not easy for him. Nor for us as readers.The character set against Avi Avraham is a high school teacher and would-be writer named Ze’ev Avni. Also in his thirties, Ze’ev is a family man with a strong, clear-seeing wife and an infant son. He lives in the same apartment block as the missing boy and he has acted as a private tutor. Ze’ev believes himself to be closer to the boy than even his parents. Given the difficult psychology of adolescents (and great writing by Mishani), this may be true. Ze’ev insinuates himself into the search for the missing boy in a way that is truly spooky. Ze’ev is one of the most quietly bizarre characters I’ve come across in a while.Thus: in The Missing File, two young, repressed-seeming Israeli men anchor a narrative built around a missing adolescent boy described as “quiet” and without many friends. Interesting symmetry and societal reverberations there. Indeed, the symmetry underlying this story flows outward… to the roles of the various women –Avi’s boss, Ze’ev’s wife, the missing boy’s mother. And Mishani’s symmetry extends to references to the actual act of writing: It starts with Avi’s “detective story” advice to the mother that Israeli society is to staid for thrilling crime stories… Then Ze’ev’s creative writing workshop teacher offers a pointed quote by from Kafka’s letter to his father: “I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us….” And there are oblique references to Ian McEwan’s grim novel On Chesil Beach. This symmetry, via characters and literary subtext, leaves us immersed in clues about a well-hidden crime; and, much more than that, intuiting a dark, coded message this talented writer needs to convey about his homeland.5 stars. Subtly constructed in a minimalist fashion that fools you till it knocks a hole through your soul. Try it. And hope that D.A.Mishani writes a next one.

  • Tony
    2019-01-16 06:06

    I'm always on the lookout for new international crime books, especially if they're from the Middle East, which is where I spent the first ten years of my life. This first book in a projected series is set in Holon, which is depicted as a rather drab southern suburb of Tel Aviv (I spent 7th grade living in the northern suburb of Herzilya). It introduces Israeli police detective Avraham Avraham, who is on duty when a woman comes in to report that her teenage son hasn't come home from school. This is a very traditional start to a story, one that calls to mind any number of books -- but almost immediately, the reader can see this is not going to fit neatly into our expectations of police procedurals. Avraham more or less dismisses the woman's concern, and she leaves without filing a report. She returns the next day, and only then does the investigation actually open -- the first instance of what will be many cases of the author messing with our expectations concerning chronology and pace.Unlike the traditional missing persons thriller, the story here unfolds at a rather languid pace, punctuated with microbursts of activity. Even more disconcerting is that Avraham seems kind of confused about what to do and when to do it himself, repeatedly turning to his superior for advice. Despite being told indirectly that Avraham is held in high esteem, the reader will time and again find themselves questioning his competency. This is even woven in to a kind of meta-gag in the book, after Avraham quips that there are no Israeli mystery writers (which is itself not true at all), he receives an eerie phone call from the Shin Bet, who explain why: "The [reason] is that the police in Israel are responsible for trivial investigations that no one would bother reading about or writing a book about, and because most of the police investigators aren't particularly bright. The Shin Bet handles the most important investigations, and no one knows anything about us."As Avraham stumbles through the investigation (repeatedly being upstaged by a younger, more aggressive colleague assigned to the case) he keeps encountering a neighbor of the missing boy, who is all too eager to help. Any other fictional detective would immediately pounce on this person, grilling them nine ways to Sunday, but Avraham repeatedly blows him off, yet again confounding expectations. Meanwhile, there are parts narrated by this somewhat creepy neighbor, who is a high school teacher struggling to become a writer, including an entire subplot involving his writing workshop. And just to jar the reader even more, in the middle of the case, Avraham is forced to go on an exchange trip to Belgium, where his host is wrapped up in a high-profile abduction-murder case -- a diversion that has no apparent relationship to the main storyline.Unlike many crime stories, as the story appears to come together at the end, there's little of that serotonin-inducing burst of satisfaction as all becomes clear. Rather, it's a jumbled, frustratingly (for Avraham) ambiguous series of interrogations. Then, in the coda on the final pages, there's a conversation that casts the everything into doubt and elevates the book from an interesting take on genre into something more. The one weakness of the book is the 38-year-old Avraham, who remains such a cipher that it's hard to stick with him as a protagonist, since there's almost nothing there to stick to. Hopefully further books in the series will develop him into a little more rounded, fleshed-out character -- I'll definitely be reading to find out.

  • Chomsky
    2018-12-29 08:06

    Un buon romanzo con un investigatore mediocre.Non è il nuovo Maigret e neanche il nuovo Montalbano l'ispettore Avraham Avrahamprotagonista del giallo “Un caso di scomparsa” opera prima dello scrittore israeliano Dror A. Mishami.Anche se il giallo ricorda certe atmosfere dominate da uno studio psicologico tipiche di Simenon e se il romanzo ha delle finezze come la doppia soluzione à la Ellery Queen il punto debole è determinato proprio dall'indolente investigatore che sembra più scandinavo che mediterraneo, dominato da cupezze e stati depressivi che gli impediscono di capire il reale svolgimento del dramma che prima sottovaluta e poi accetta una possibile soluzione che fa a pugni con tutti gli indizi raccolti e anche con la prolusione iniziale che proclama l'impossibilità dell'esistenza di un giallo israeliano quasi come Montale che giurava fosse impossibile che ci fosse un grande poeta bulgaro.La scomparsa improvvisa di un ragazzo sedicenne Ofer Sharabi di Holon, nelle vicinanze di Tel Aviv, mette in moto un'inchiesta che dapprima viene quasi snobbata e poi diventa frenetica quando si capisce che le indagini sono state inquinate da qualcuno che aveva altri interessi nel caso. Romanzo psicologico che mette al centro dell'intreccio tre coppie di persone che orbitano attorno al caso, “Un caso di scomparsa” è uno dei pochi gialli validi che funzionano malgrado ci si un investigatore molto al di sotto della sufficienza.Avraham Avraham studia i gialli letterari per mettere alla prova le soluzioni per dimostrare che l'ispettore sbaglia e mette sotto processo Agatha Christie per la presunto colpevole sbagliato di un romanzo con Hercules Poirot “Poirot a Styles Court” ma poi cade nell'errore tipico della signora del giallo che spesso per far tornare i conti dell'indagine muove i personaggi in stridente antitesi con il precedente sviluppo della vicenda e qui Avi Avraham traccheggia e non capisce che il giovane Ofer, di cui ha avuto sempre notizie che lo caratterizzavano in un modo ben preciso non può all'improvviso comportarsi in modo totalmente diverso nonostante diversi indizi facessero intravvedere il colpevole molto prima della fine dell'indagine.Per capire come un funziona (o non funziona) l'abuzione sarà utile analizzare questo pregevole romanzo gialloIl caso comincia quando sul finire di una giornata qualsiasi di fronte all'ispettore di origini irachene Avraham Avrham della polizia di Holon nei sobborghi di Tel Aviv compare una madre che denuncia la scomparsa del figlio sedicenne Ofer Sharabi.Nella mente di un detective modello come Sherlock Holmes oppure nel suo discepolo Ellery Queen si sarebbero aperte subito due soluzioni: Scomparsa volontaria oppure forzata e appena la madre avrebbe accennato al fatto che il ragazzo aveva lasciato il telefonino a casa i nostri investigatori principe avrebbe imboccato immediatamente la seconda alternativa: Scomparsa forzata.Lo stesso Avi Avraham già nella seconda pagina del giallo è a pochi centimetri dalla soluzione quando fa lo splendido con la povera madre angosciata, declamando il solito pippone: “Come mai mai non ci sono romanzi polizieschi in ebraico?”“Cosa?”Come mai non ci sono romanzi polizieschi? Perchè in Israele nessuno scrive libri sul genere di Agatha Christie o di “Uomini che odiano le donne”?“Non me ne intendo molto di libri”“Allora glielo dico io. Perché qui non esistono delinquenti del genere. Niente serial killer, niente rapimenti, pochissimi stupratori che aggrediscono le donne per strada. Qui di solito è stato il vicino, lo zio, il nonno e non ci vogliono grandi indagini per scoprire il mistero. La soluzione più semplice è sempre la più semplice.”Bravo Avi, sei ad un passo dal risolvere il caso dopo soli dieci minuti di lavoro, basta solo ampliare l'orizzonte dei sospetti, dopo lo zio, il vicino ed il nonno ti tocca solo mettere il padre e sei al livello di Dupin, Holmes ed Ellery che avrebbero già in mente decine di soluzioni possibili e probabili in attesa di scartarle tutte tranne una, quella giusta.E tu invece cosa fai Avraham Avraham della polizia di Holon? Continui ad indagare accumulando indizi su indizi che ti consentirebbero di avere chiaro in mente la possibile soluzione e non riesci a incastrarli uno con l'altro come le tessere di un puzzle.Nonostante tutte gli interrogatori e le inchieste parlino di un ragazzo modello che, oltretutto, ha un appuntamento per il suo primo incontro galante, ti ostini a pensare che sia scappato volontariamente, pur sapendo che il padre è salpato per lavoro il giorno dopo della tua scomparsa.Un detective mediamente dotato avrebbe già delineato nel suo orizzonte mentale la soluzione abduttiva e avrebbe solamente cercato qualche fatto che la corroborasse ma tu no, Avi, malgrado cerchi di trovare la falle logiche delle indagini di Hercule Poirot non ti accorgi che la soluzione è alla portata di mano e quando ti dicono che è giunta l'ora di indagare sulla famiglia dello scomparso ti adonti e la prendi come una faccenda personale.Le tracce sono chiare e lineari, i riscontri sono inequivocabili e non ti chiedi come mai nessuno ha visto il povero Ofer il giorno della presunta scomparsa e non ci siano moventi per una fuga e anche quando ti propinano una soluzione che razionalmente fa a pugni con quanto hai raccolto e teorizzato, la accogli come manna dal cielo.Un ragazzo che tutti giurano che sia bravo, corretto e molto timido, non può agire come ti dicono per chiudere il caso nel modo più indolore e ci ci vuole l'intervento di una tua amica poliziotta per farti capire in quale cul de sac sei finito.Un investigatore classico sulla scia della teoria abduttiva avrebbe pensato:Il ragazzo può essere sparito volontariamente o no, se non è sparito volontariamente la causa può essere familiare o esterna, Nessuno l'ha visto il giorno della scomparsa, il telefonino è rimasto a casa, il padre è partito il giorno della presunta fuga, tutte le testimonianze ci dicono che Ofer è un bravo ragazzo ergo il sospettato principale è il padre.”Con questa abduzione Holmes avrebbe solo cercato altre prove che confermassero la tesi, come piano piano anche tu hai trovato Avraham ma non hai valutato nel dovuto modo, agendo da investigatore svogliato e distratto eppure tutte come i sassolini di Pollicino ti avrebbero portato alla soluzione giusta facendo escludere come psicologicamente inaccettabile quella che ti hanno venduto, per quieto vivere, come quella definitiva.Come nel romanzo di Friedrich Dürrenmatt “La promessa” anche qui mi pare si possa parlare di “Requiem per un romanzo giallo” che metaforicamente annuncia la morte del giallo come genere, essendo la soluzione affidata al caso.

  • Cathy
    2019-01-03 03:11

    A teen has gone missing in a quiet suburb of Tel Aviv, and it is up to Avraham Avraham to find him. But he tells the mother to go home and if her son doesn't return the next day, to come back. He asks her why there are no detective novels in Israel? “ Because we don’t have crimes like that. We don’t have serial killers; we don’t have kidnappings…Here, when a crime is committed, it’s usually a neighbor, the uncle, the grandfather, and there’s no need for a complex investigation to find the criminal and clear up the mystery.”[p.4]But the boy doesn't return home, the crime remains unsolved,there are no clues, no one saw him leave home. His superior and co-workers begin to doubt him and favor other ways to solve the case. At the same time, a neighbor, a high school teacher wants to insert himself in the solving of the crime. He demands that Avraham interrogate him, not some other officer, then shows up to help search for the teen.Avraham is an interesting character. He’s middle aged, kind of gentle and unmarried. His mother calls him regularly, and dotes on him, but he tries to avoid her. His only hobby is reading detective novels and proving the detective wrong. The pleasure in reading this, was getting into the minds of Avi Avraham and Ze'ev Avni, the neighbor.

  • Julie
    2019-01-12 10:04

    I had very mixed feelings about this book. I really appreciated the way it ended, but I felt like it took forever to get there. The chapters alternate between two perspectives: Detective Avraham who is investigating a missing boy, Ofer, and Ze'ev, Ofer's neighbor. The problem with this alternating perspective device arises when something is narrated twice, first from Avraham's point of view, then from Ze'ev's. I don't think it was necessary for the author to duplicate the same occurrences and it became tedious. I felt that the two narrators were unreliable and neither one was sympathetic. I could not empathize with Avraham's inner turmoil, and even after I finished, I couldn't begin to fathom Ze'ev's motives for involving himself the way he did. The last 50 pages were the best part and left me questioning the outcome of the investigation, but the bulk of the novel leading up to it was relatively slow and redundant.I received a complimentary copy of this book via TLC Book Tours.

  • Patrizia
    2018-12-20 09:18

    Un giallo particolare e raffinato, il cui ritmo è quello della vita quotidiana, con i suoi dubbi, le sue paure, le sue incertezze. Un'indagine che va avanti quasi stancamente, nella più totale e sconfortante mancanza di indizi. Ma la lentezza diventa quasi un pregio in un genere al quale di solito si chiede di essere incalzante. E ci regala una galleria di personaggi a tutto tondo, con ossessioni, manie, ipocrisie e sogni. E un poliziotto che ama il suo lavoro e lo svolge al meglio, accettandone i limiti e le inevitabili frustrazioni.“Sai qual è la cosa più dura da accettare nei casi di persone scomparse? Che solo dopo averle trovate sai se ti sei comportato come dovevi. Prima non c’è modo di saperlo”.

  • Kelly Hager
    2018-12-19 05:53

    It took me a little bit of time to get into this book, but by the end, I was completely hooked. I really liked Avraham. It's clear that he loves his job and that he doesn't really have anything outside it. Even more than that, I liked the other narrator, Ze'ev. It's clear that Ze'ev is a special kind of crazy, and I spent his chapters waiting to see how weird he would get. There are loose ends (why, exactly, did Ze'ev do the things he did?) but I'm hoping they may be revisited in a sequel. And as much as I'd like more Avraham mysteries, I would also enjoy an entire book about Ze'ev. I'm sure there's enough material.Recommended, but only for patient readers and those who are okay with stories not being wrapped up neatly.

  • Paula
    2018-12-18 10:12

    I first started reading the second book in the series, A Possibility of Violence, was intrigued but realized that I really should read the first book and so I put it aside to read The Missing File. I already knew the outcome of the mystery from what I read in the second book but enjoyed how the mystery was solved and all the twists in the plot, especially the ending. I did not see that ending coming. I'm not usually fond of translations but liked the writing style of this one. My only complaint is that two of the names are too similar and caused me a bit of confusion, Avi (Avraham's nickname) and Avni (Ze'ev's last name). Now back to A Possibility of Violence.

  • Ffiamma
    2019-01-17 09:19

    non sono entrata in sintonia con i personaggi di questo giallo dalla curiosa ambientazione israeliana; mi è piaciuto molto il ritmo lento con cui, pian piano, l'autore porta il lettore *dentro* il caso di scomparsa. tuttavia, da un certo punto in poi la storia comincia a girare un po' a vuoto e il protagonista (forse per ragioni "altre", legate a una eventuale prosecuzione della serie), oltre a essere poco simpatico e non particolarmente sveglio, mi è parso una figura sfuocata. per me- un'occasione mancata.

  • Dena Shunra
    2019-01-11 10:49

    Wow, this one grabbed me by the eyeballs and did not let me go until it was read to the very end. I did not expect any of the twists as they occurred, not even one. What a fun book, despite a triggery moment in one of the twists.Now I'll have to read all his books. Dang.

  • Karen
    2019-01-10 09:17

    3.5 stars. I usually dislike police procedurals that focus on the detective's anguished inner life, and this one has some of that but then breaks out of that mold pretty decisively. I'm also not really into alternating points of view as a narrative device, and it works out particularly oddly in this case, for reasons that I won't go into (spoilers). But the characters were very well drawn, and I liked the writing itself -- albeit in translation, so I can't speak to the original. The title itself is the one bit that I think must be weirdly translated, because there's actually not a missing file in this case, so what's up with the title? The best thing I can say about this novel is that I couldn't put it down. I read it all in one evening, staying up past my bedtime, which is indicative of just how gripping it is. And I liked the eye-winking motif of how there aren't any Israeli mystery novels.

  • Noala Greenlee
    2019-01-07 09:59

    My only criticism of this story is probably also what I love about it (spoiler ) the ending. By leaving it open to question as to which version is the truth is paints a picture of two stories both with wider implications. A great read I was pleased to come across this gem.

  • Sarah Lee
    2018-12-29 04:09

    GoodI'm not completely sure on how it end or just do I need to read the book but it was actually good story until the end

  • Marilyn
    2019-01-02 07:50

    Great debut novel. Like most people, I've never read a mystery set in Israel. I look forward to reading more from the author.

  • Lindsay
    2018-12-27 03:49

    First novel and a strong one!

  • Adriana
    2019-01-08 03:09

    She's Got Books on Her MindAvraham Avraham is an investigator who usually has to deal with mothers who want their daughters followed or class bullies to get reprimanded so when a new mother walks in telling him that her son is missing he thinks nothing of it. He think he ran away or will come back soon after a wild night partying because nothing ever really goes wrong where he lives. This time he is proven wrong. Racked with guilt he gets on the case as soon as he can to find the missing boy. He tries to make up for lost time but seems more frazzled than usual with this case. Meanwhile there is Ze'ev, the missing boy's neighbor and once English tutor, who seems to take a great interest in the case. He's a little more than suspicious when he starts wanting to see Avraham all the time to tell him the type of person Ofer really is. This is a mystery that will keep you questioning until the end: W hat really happened to Ofer Sharabi?Avraham is supposed to be this great investigator so initially I thought he would have it all together. He dismisses this mother's fears that something horrible happened to her son which I can easily forgive him for because it was an obvious mistake. The thing about Avraham and all the characters were that they were the quiet, pensive type so any shake or disruption in how their world is startles them. Avraham seemed not to recover for most of the story because he felt so guilty for not taking the case so seriously in the beginning. I know that's not supposed to be the case based on something the book said later on but it feels that way. I like that Avraham was the quiet, pensive type like I think all the other characters were like too. It created this atmosphere of just... quiet tension. Tension when things didn't go a certain way. Again like the whole world turned upside down because things weren't how that character thought it would turn out.Ze'ev was such a great character. When his part came around I made sure I paid attention. There were always moments with him where I'm surprised Avraham didn't turn around and say "Did you really just say that?" I mean he gave off definite crazy vibes. Him and his "relationship" with Ofer was all up in the air throughout the book. You think you know what he's about and what's going to happen but in the end you really don't. All I can tell you is that I felt like it was obvious he had something to do with Ofer's disappearance throughout the book. I felt like if I was there listening in or seeing what he was doing I would have stopped what I was doing, raised my eyebrow, and seriously doubt what type of person he was and what he had to do with Ofer's disappearance. The stuff he does or says... he's so suspicious! I mean WOW. This guy... How can you not question his motives?So it definitely kept my attention. I really liked that this book was a translation from Hebrew. I liked that the book's main character, Avraham, referenced a couple of times about how come there wasn't any Hebrew crime novels or something to that affect. And here this book is. I really enjoyed the feel of the book and the intelligent way about it (in a good way). It kept me interested from start to finish and that's all you can really hope for in any book. I am so surprised by the number of surprises in this book which might not make sense but it is true. More accurately I am surprised by the twists because there oh so good twists people. They make me so happy it's crazy. It feels like they come out of left field or something. It makes you think.I really wonder how this series is going to continue because it did have two POV's for this first book. One was an investigator and another was someone close to the person that everyone was looking for. Is the author planning on continuing with that theme or is it going to be based solely on the life of Avraham Avraham? Also, with that ending... What's going to happen with that!? Such a crazy ending. I absolutely loved it. I feel like the author might just leave it like that but then again it's like you can;t possibly leave it like that... I really enjoyed almost every aspect of this book. The feel of it, it's characters, and the intelligent way about it. It's just so good. I hope to continue on with this series and to read more books by this author.

  • C.
    2019-01-13 05:14

    When reading The Missing File, you can take what you know about the typical missing person/murder mystery and throw it out the window. You know the one. The story about the astute but troubled investigator on the trail of a missing person whose sixth sense helps nab the perpetrator after following a string of clues. The red herring gets cut loose and the murderer suffers for his heinous crime and the investigator polishes his/her badge maybe after maybe suffering a bullet or two in the process of nabbing the suspect. Well, whatever the forumula, you can forget about it.Weary Avraham Avraham is at the end of his day when a woman comes to his office to report her teenaged son, Ofer is missing. Instead of launching an investigation or even giving it much thought, Avi dismisses her and tells her to go home because the boy is out and about or ran away or something simple like that-he'll come home soon. When she comes back, he understands that the kid really seems to be missing, even though he can't shake his feeling that the boy probably ran away though he left no trail that indicates this.During his mere feather dusting of an investigation, Avi meets a neighbor who lives in the same building as Ofer and his family, Zeev Avni. Zeev is a high school teacher who wants to write and takes a writer's workshop in Tel Aviv on Sundays. He is eager to talk to Avi because he is the head of the investigation and Zeev wants to be involved in the search for Ofer because he tutored the reclusive boy and feels close to him. Zeev also thinks the case and what he can learn from it may be the key that gets his writing started.Ofer's mother and father are not plethorias of useful information and it's almost as though they barely knew their son. Ofer lived a quiet life and studied and helpedaround the house like an obedient child, but he was already like a ghost. There are lots of clues for Avi between the family and Zeev, but Avi seems like he is in a stupor and no bells go off inside his head, like, hardly ever (he has revelations but they come later). Ironically, he watches American shows such as Law And Order and makes a game out of catching the investigator's mistakes. Go figure. There are many mentions of Agatha Christie throughout this story, but Kafka is quoted.This is a twisty, turny mystery and the second half of the book moves swifter than the first half. It's just such an odd book. I will probably read the coming sequel just to find out what the heck. At the end of this book, there are the words: To be continued.There is a cast of interesting characters in The Missing File, such as the typical upandcoming investigator that shows up Avi every time he can, but it isn't that he is so smart, it's just that he thinks about the obvious avenues where Avi can't seem to. Avi's parents kind of hover about their 38 year old son and Avi's boss reveres him for being one of her top investigators, though he seems to let the air out of that balloon.See for yourself what you think of this book. It's different. Aside from taking place in a drab suburb of Israel which is a unique setting, the entire book is different and off from the typical mystery novel. When you do read it, take time to think about it. I, myself, went from giving it a three star review to a full five just because when you think about it, you begin to realize the author plays a unique game of cat and mouse with the reader. The reason for this is while reading the story, clues are given and then mentioned later asking the reader in a way: Did you catch that? Then, as in my case, I'd say...man, I didn't catch it and then I'd curse Avraham's investigative ineptitude. I think this book is one that needs a careful, thoughtful read to get the full benefit of D. A Mishani's talents.

  • USMC1142
    2018-12-24 06:10

    Reminded me of the Kurt Wallander series.

  • L.A.
    2019-01-11 08:13

    Posted First on Blog CriticsCrime is an international evil, something that happens in every city in the world, and yet we often only hear of the most sinister of cases. The crime in our own part of the world connects with us more consistently and completely. Although many fictional detectives are of international fame, we are more cognizant of those in America. In The Missing File by D. A. Mishani, we are taken into the heart of Tel Aviv, where for police Detective Avraham Avraham, there is little crime. For him when crimes happen, the simplest answer always seems to be the right one. When he becomes embroiled in the case of a missing school boy, he is sure the case will work itself out. He is so sure the boy is fine; he doesn’t even initially file a report. For him, Ofer will simply show up after staying with friends or some other likely sequence. Yet when he does not show up, Avraham is bewildered. He is not prepared for the circumstances that seem to come to light as the days drag on. As the leads begin to come in, he is stunned at the complexity of answers that seem to be evolving. When the young man’ neighbor and tutor tries to help with answers, he finds himself a suspect as well. Yet as the neighbor weaves his own bizarre story, Avraham finds himself with an even different scenario than he could have imagined. Can he find the missing boy alive, or is it already too late? Has he made an error of judgment that will come back to haunt him for year to come?Avraham is an interesting and eclectic personality. Steady and sure, he finds passion in finding the mistakes in the crimes solved by the best detectives in fiction novels. Each time he succeeds in finding the mistake, he begins to believe his own hype. Crime just does not happen in his city. He is so upset at the way things are going, he finds himself too easily distracted. Things are not going as he planned. Deciding to move forward with his own vacation, even as the disappearance is still being investigated, he finally begins to understand himself.Ofer, the boy who disappears, seems like a wonderful lad. His neighbor certainly found him to be quite smart. Being a schoolteacher, his neighbor Zeev was a likely tutor when Ofer was struggling. Where Ofer was charming, Zeev is a bit strange. He doesn’t understand the red herrings he has littered through the investigation, and by the time he realizes his error, it is too late. If you enjoy mysteries, you will find this an interesting work. The viewpoint of the detective is interesting, and makes him very likable. The crime set in such a place, gives us another view of the area, one rich in history. Avraham is an interesting person and makes you care about what is happening. This would be a great book for a book club or reading group. This is a work of contrasts, one to keep the conversation going for some time. The suspense will keep you reading as Avraham finds the answers to the mystery of the missing boy, as well as to his own sense of self.

  • Ellis Shuman
    2018-12-23 10:03

    This Israeli police procedural novel revolves around the case of a missing Israeli teenager. The meaning of the title became clear to me when I considered the original, Hebrew name of the book, ‘Tik Ne’edar‘, which was published in 2011. The book’s title should be stated with an emphasis on the second word. There is a teenager missing, and Detective Avraham Avraham has been assigned to find him.When the mother of 16-year-old Ofer Sharabi shows up in the Holon police station to report her son missing, Avraham doesn’t see any urgency in the case. “‘There is very little chance that something has happened to your son,’” he tells her. “‘I don’t think there is any point in starting to search for him now,’” he concludes.The boy doesn’t turn up overnight and the police arrive at the Sharabis’ home to question the mother and her neighbors. Ofer’s father is not yet aware of his son’s disappearance; he is a seaman onboard a ship bound for Trieste.Ze’ev Avni, a high school teacher who lives in the apartment below that of the Sharabi family, has a gut feeling he knows why there are police cars parked outside their building. “He knew, too, that he was ready, but didn’t know for what just yet.”We follow the stories of these two main characters in parallel. On the one hand, we see Avraham launching his investigation, consulting with colleagues who seem to have nothing better to do than interfere in the process. We hear them discuss how to interrogate witnesses to a possible crime. On the other hand, we learn that Avni has an unusual interest in the case; he seems to know where the police should be looking for Ofer.Both characters are flawed, and this makes them totally believable. A bachelor in his thirties, Avraham has to deal with his misgivings for not launching the investigation the minute he learned of the teenager’s disappearance. He leaves the case temporarily, fulfilling the requirements of a previously arranged department exchange program that takes him to Belgium. Meanwhile, Avni, a father and an aspiring writer, needs to handle his wife’s reactions when she learns why he is so interested in the disappearance of a teenager he had tutored during the school year.The pace is slow, but the pieces of the puzzle keep falling into place. This is the kind of novel where everything is there for a reason. Nothing is missing in The Missing File, a compelling crime novel. While not directly connected to the case, even the short interlude in Brussels has a role to play.Avraham has a habit of watching “Law & Order” episodes and picking out mistakes in the investigations. This knowledge may lead readers to look for mistakes in The Missing File. But, toward the end of the book when it becomes obvious who is responsible for Ofer’s disappearance, the author still manages to throw in one last twist that will overturn a conclusion that minutes before seemed so certain and final.