Reviews

International reviews for “The Man who wanted to know everything” (the 3rd Avraham novel)

– “Mishani artfully alternates perspectives to ratchet up the tension in his excellent third procedural featuring introspective Israeli police superintendent Avraham Avraham (…) Fans of Ruth Rendell and P.D. James will be pleased by the nuanced view of human nature (PW, starred review)

– “Once again, Mishani offers a case in which the pleasure lies not in the destination but in the journey” (Kirkus)

Israeli reviews of “The Man who wanted to know” (3rd Avraham novel)

– “Mishani weaves the story with perfect style, but beyond his superb skills in plot-contruction he bases the story on his great sensitivity to the human soul” (Talma Admon, MAARIV, 22.5.2015)

– “In a country with truly a few successful crime series, Dror Mishani’s novels are a literary mircale, and each new novel in the Inspector Avraham series is a celebration for the readers. This is true for the third novel as well” (Ran Binun, YEDIOT AHRONOT, 21.5.2015)

– “Mishani did it again (…) Like the first two novels in the series, he wrote a clever thriller that you read very very quickly but that once you’ve finished, you can’t forget” (Anat Bar-Lev Efrati, LAISHA women’s magazine, 14.5.2015)

International Reviews of “A Possibility of Violence” (2nd Avraham novel)

“The freshness of Mishani’s novel comes from its striking locale (…) and from the way the story is told through alternating points of view” – (Wall street Journal, US)

An exceptional police procedural that should appeal to mystery lovers of all types” –  (Library Journal, US)

“Tense yet heartfelt, Mishani’s second Avraham entry is even more riveting than his debut” –  (Kirkus, starred review)

“A stellar sequel (…) Mishani makes good use of his study of the genre to create another psychologically complex case, in the process deepening his lead character” –  (PW, starred review)

“With a refreshingly average and self-doubting protagonist, A Possibility of Violence is both tense and touching (… ) definitely lives up to the promise of its excellent predecessor, The Missing File” – (Laura Wilson, Best crime novels round-up, The Guardian, UK)

“Compelling (…) Mishani has published a welcome sequel” (Jake Kerridge, The Telegraph, UK)

“Morally complex and psychologically convincing, A Possibility Of Violence is a terrifying and disturbing psychological drama” (Russel D Mclean,  Herald Scotland, UK)

“An engaging narrative, seen through the eyes of a young and perceptive Detective, one with a long future in the crime fiction genre. In two words, Highly Recommended” (Ali Karim, Shots Magazine, UK)

“Mishani is at his best presenting the psychology of interrogation from both sides, and the book’s satisfactions as crime fiction stem from the unfurling drama of guilt admitted” (Cameron Woodhead, Sidney Morning Herald, Australia)

“Dror Mishani is one of the greatest new writers in the genre, with a literary language and great human insight” (Erik Jensen, Politiken, Denmark)

“Close to perfection” (Fred Braeckman, De Morgen, Belgium)

“Mishani wrote a detective novel that has everything: power, style, empathy, plot, emotion” (Fred Braeckman, Knack magazine, Belgium)

International Reviews of “The Missing File” (1st Avraham novel)

 “Outstanding first novel” – Publishers Weekly (starred review) (US)

“A compelling debut in a complex case aimed straight at the reader’s heart” – Kirkus reviews (US)

“A thoughtful character study of a good man deeply troubled by issues of innocence and guilt” – Marylin Stasio, NYT book review (US)

“Readers of edgy mysteries set in unusual places will eagerly await the planned sequel” – Richmond Times Dispatch (US)

“Brilliant debut (…) One of the best crime books ever to come from Israel” – Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail (Canada)

“An Assured debut, with a wholly unexpected resolution” – The Guardian’s best crime novels of 2013 (UK)

“A bittersweet story, with a fine twist at the end” – The Daily Mail (UK)

“Israel is back on the map of crime fiction!” – Elmar Krekeler, Die Welt (Germany)

“Like Swedish author Arne Dahl, Mishani offers us elegant, efficient and realistic crime fiction” – Tobias Gohlis, Die Zeit (Germany)

“Dror Mishani marvelously handles the art of suspense” – Eve Charrin, Les Echos (France)

“A brilliant investigation, full of false leads” – Macha Sery, Le Monde (France)

“A final unsettling twist that subverses the rules of the classic investigation novel” – La liberte (Switzerland)

“The new voice of the Israeli crime novel” – Le soir (Belgium)

“A psychological drama that goes far beyond the standard thriller plot” – Piotr Kofta, Wprost (Poland)

“A Prmosing debut that avoids the genre’s cliches” – Erik Jensen, Politiken (Denmark)

“Truly original and unique” – Jean Bolinder, Dast Magazine (Sweden)

“A subversive take on the standard police procedural with ruminations on the crime novel” – Declan Burke, The Irish Times  (Ireland)

Reviews of “A Possibility of Violence” (Israel)

Haaretz, Culture and Literature supplement  – The readers of Mishani’s novel will derive from it that unique “unheimlich” pleasure, already mixed with pain (…) they will become more complex human beings.

 Makor Rishon – The novel’s main strength is the portrayal of the emotional grounds from which the crime derives (…) it’s been a long time since I enjoyed a thriller that much.

Yediot Ahronot – Mishani’s absolute advantage over other thriller-writers is the fact that his characters stick and don’t leave you (…) and more often than you would like to admit, they make you cry.

 Haaretz Book Review – If while reading the novel, it’s difficult to put it down, then after finishing it, “A Possibility of Violence” really doesn’t let go. Here lie the beauty and strength of Dror Mishani’s new novel. His protagonist, Inspector Avraham, solves crimes – but beneath the police-investigation plot, Avraham is exposed to love. Not only the romantic or the passionate, but the love of a mother and a father.

Laisha – I have not had such an enjoyable weekend for a long time! Yes, Mishani’s novels are thrillers and as such they are excellent, but in both of them there is a lot more than that. They have depth and sensitivity and complexity. I was really emotional when I finished reading A Possibility of Violence, the second novel in the series. If you are looking for a clever, deep and moving thriller that you would not forget five minutes after putting it down, you found it. I impatiently await the third!

Israel Today – Dror Mishani is doing something very good to the Israeli thriller genre: he proves that there is such a thing as a quality, intelligent thriller (…) the story is full of twists, which shake the very ground under the reader’s feet.

 Haaretz Weekend Magazine – A beautiful and delicat novel (…) masterpiece of emotional turmoil and restraint.

 Time-Out Magazine  – In an attempt to solve and interpret the fascinating story that Dror Mishani tells us in A Possibility of Violence, the second part of his detective’s, Avraham Avraham’s adventures, I almost forgot the main thing: Mishani, with an almost frightening skill, succeeded to shatter the very intimate parts of my soul (…) This is such a difficult task to achieve for a detective story in general and for an Israeli one in particular, that I find it difficult to restrain the superlatives.

 YNET – Mishani is a skilful storyteller and his writing is flowing and fascinating (…) this is a clever, well-written novel and aside from its locality it possesses universal features. Avraham Avraham’s character is interesting and easy to identify with. This second novel in the series is the final proof that a new local literary hero has been born.

Reviews of “The Missing File” (Israel)

 Time Out Magazine – “The missing file” is an intelligent, sensitive detective novel, conscious of its genre, which it succeeds to re-create in Hebrew. The greatness of this novel lies in the fact that it does not need gothic techniques in order to create a threatening atmosphere; it is disturbing and unsettling in its descriptions of the familiar and the familial.

 Yediot Ahronot, the best books of 2011 – A successful attempt to expand the relatively-shortbook-shelf of Hebrew crime. Mishani gives his readers a short lesson of the constant guilt-feeling of the citizen vis-à-vis the state, in a story of a missing teenager, told through the eyes of the police inspector in charge of the investigation and those of the prime suspect. All this, without renouncing a philosophical deliberation of the role of investigator of truth in an age of truth relativity.

Jerusalem Post  – At last, a new detective has come to town. And about time it is, too. It’s been a while since we had the pleasure of an interesting new voice in Israeli mystery writing (…) D. A. Mishani’s voice as a writer is so assured, that this is hard to believe it is actually his first book. Since it says “First inquiry” on the cover, we can hope that many more are to come.

Israel Today – D. A. Mishani’s writing is precise, and is endowed with rare excellence, unusual for a debut (…) The novel’s plot reaches a level of perfection characteristic of the German car industry (…) Avraham Avraham is a literary character with the potential of becoming mythological in Hebrew crime literature, and this is true for its author too.

Haaretz – D. A. Mishani chose to write a ‘police procedural’, a detective story led by a police officer, like Batya Gur’s protagonist Michael Ohayon, rather than a private detective like Shulamit Lapid’s Lizi Badihi. (…) His protagonist, Inspector Avraham Avraham is like me and you: grey, acts slowly, lacks confidence, finds himself in the dark, filled with self-doubt. An anti-hero. (…) He likes to read detective literature and watch crime series on television and then prove (to himself) where and why the fictional detectives went wrong.

The first level of the novel is an attempt to understand the disappearance of a 16 year old boy through the means of police evidence, questions, proofs, just like in ordinary detective literature; the second level reveals itself through the character of Ze’ev Avni, a school teacher that lives in the same block of flats as the family of the missing boy. Ze’ev hints – both to the detective and to the readers – that he knows more about the missing boy than anyone else. (…) Avni, whom Inspector Avraham does not initially question because he wants to focus on the investigation and to get a sense of the people involved, turns to literature. The mystery of the missing boy becomes his inspiration. Without revealing too much I will only say that this is how he arouses suspicion and the interrogator-interrogated relationship between him and Avraham develops somewhat similarly to the relationship between Raskolnikov and his interrogator, Porfiry Petrovitch in ‘Crime and Punishment’.

If it is not completely clear by now I will say it clearly: in my opinion Mishani’s book is above all a true literary oeuvre, told in a direct and convincing style, which draws the readers, in such a humane way, to identify with the damaged protagonists, torn by doubts (…)

Ma’ariv – D. A. Mishani wrote an excellent novel. This is a rare case in Hebrew literature: a well constructed thriller, whose every turn of the plot is justified and well-based, great literature beyond the genre’s definitions, a story rooted in the Israeli experience without being obvious, charged with psychological depth that is interwoven into the narrative.

Everything here is in its right place and in the right measure. And thrilling. Very thrilling. (…)

The author created an indescribable protagonist that the reader naturally identifies with. Detective Avraham Avraham, as grey a name as its bearer, easily joins the very respectable company of Philip Marlowe, Hercule Poirot, Columbo.

The delicate irony of the novel will put on stage another protagonist, whose literary debut will be a criminal act. This young man, also described through his own limited perspective, is already an important literary achievement in itself.

On the cover of the book it says, “The missing file: Avraham Avraham’s first case”. The last sentence of the book says, ‘To be continued’. This thriller reassured me: there is a future.

Walla.co.il  – Without ‘deus-ex-machina’ solutions, without breaking the reader’s trust in his detective, Mishani succeeds in creating a plot so intense and at the same time utterly reliable, humane and extremely Israeli. The novel’s ending breaks the reader’s heart and makes him re-evaluate the story from the beginning, without feeling that he’s been fooled (…) Avraham Avraham is cut out to be the Israeli detective of the 21st Century.

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