Mar 26, 2013

Book Review: The Missing File by D.A. Mishani

A sixteen-year-old boy, Oleg, disappears on his way to school in Tel Aviv and Inspector Avraham Avraham has to determine if he is a runaway or was kidnapped. Oleg's father was out of the country at the time and the boy's mother reports him missing. Oleg's had his backpack with him, though he left his cell phone behind. Zeev Avni,  an enigmatic neighbor, claims detailed knowledge of the boy as he had been his after-school English tutor, and he pursues Avraham with information he says he has. Zeev immediately comes into our cross hairs as someone who could be a suspect in the boy's disappearance.

The book is suspenseful and there are twists and turns in the case up to the last few  pages.  Apart from the tantalizing plot, there is the character and personality of Inspector Avraham, a very likable though not the most astute member of the investigating team. But that's part of his charm. He lives alone but at the end of the book, finds a love interest on a trip abroad whom he has to leave to return to Israel. The author assures us this is not the end of things for Avraham, however.

The first in the Inspector Avraham detective series is very promising. I am eager to read the next in the series.

Title: The Missing File: A Novel by D. A. Mishani
Release date: April 16, 2013; Harper
Genre: mystery, police procedural

D. A. Mishani is the editor of Israeli fiction and crime literature at Keter Books in Israel and is a literary scholar specializing in the history of detective literature. The Missing File is his first novel and the first in a series featuring the police inspector Avraham Avraham. Connect with Mishani on Facebook and find him on Goodreads.

Visit The Missing File book tour schedule for more reviews.
Review book received through TLC Book Tours.

Linked to Cym Lowell's Book Review Wednesday.


  1. I like the sound of this one.

    BTW - like your new dark background --looks nice.

  2. This does sound suspenseful, and also well written. I like it when you can root for the hero with no qualms, so I will be looking for this one. Thanks for the great review!

    Nice new look as well!

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Harvee. It sounds quite suspenseful. Terrific review!

  4. Very interesting that the main character detective in a book this is not all that sharp! That sounds like a very original plot device.

  5. I think it sounds like it could be really good!!! Hope the second one delivers!

  6. Sounds like this is the start of a great series!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  7. I like the idea of a mystery in Israel. It's definitely a place I'd love to read more about.


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