Winner of the Deutsche Krimipreis
On The Times’ Best crime novels of 2020 list
Nominated for the Grand Prix de litterature Policiere
And soon inSpanish,Catalan, Korean, Croatian and more
Mishani’s stand-alone thriller:
An abandoned woman searching for love, a deeply religious immigrant caretaker, a disillusioned researcher trapped in her marriage. Three women whose lives seem as far apart as possible, united by a common secret.
When Orna meets Gil on an online dating site, their lackluster affair seems like nothing more than a way to stave off the pain of her recent divorce. But soon it becomes clear that Gil may not be exactly who he claims to be. And Orna’s own lies may be weaving an unexpected trap for her.
Set against the turbulent backdrop of the gritty Holon neighborhood in Tel Aviv, this enigmatic and intelligent novel is in fact an intricate puzzle. Mishani’s first standalone book explores Israel’s forgotten margins, unearthing complicated layers, conflicts, and prejudices. At turns shocking, deceptive, and subversive, Three is a slow burning psychological thriller from one of Israel’s most beloved writers
What readers wrote:
– “It’s like one of Kylie Minogue’s hits: you can’t get it out of your head”, The Times’ Best crime novels of 2020 list.
– “A thoughtful puzzle mystery […] Mishani has constructed the plot as a psychological thriller, a conventional format in any language, but the story has a lot more to say for itself. To be sure, there are scenes of genuine terror […] But there are also surprising plot twists and smart charachter insights, not to mention some terrific Tel Aviv street scenes”, Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review, 10/7/2020
– “Dror Mishani brings women to life with admirable economy — the reader feels for them — and springs several surprises as the plot unfurls.
‘Three’ is an utterly convincing and utterly compelling exercise in Highsmithian horror”, Mark Sanderson, The Times, 5\8\2020
– “Three” is a mesmerizing psychological thriller whose violence comes to feel inevitable, but that also sparks hope for retribution”, ForeWord Reviews (Starred Review), 7/2020
– “Without a drop of blood, but with a precision of a Georges Simenon, Dror Mishani writes one of the best protraits of a Psychopath that we’ve ever read”, Karen Lajon, Le Journal du Dimanche
– “Mishani displays a superior gift for psychological suspense in this taut and twisty standalone […] Mishani imbues his flawed, plausibly-drawn characters with a deep melancholy, spinning the noirish elements into a deeply satisfying conclusion. Mishani demonstrates a real flair for literary crime fiction, Publishers Weekly, 6/2020
– “Dror Mishani, the Simenon coming from Israel”, Guy Duplat, La Libre (Belgique), 15/4/2020
– “Brilliantly constructed, the tension grows until it catches us by the throat when we least expect it”, Alexandra Schwartzbrod, Liberation, 16/4/2020
– “One needs to read Dror Mishani. Not because one has to or because it’s a-la-mode but for the power of charchterization, and the psychological finesse, that his new novel shows, like the three novels before it (…) What makes Mishani’s novels so original among thriller-writers is his radical choice to get-rid of all senseationalism and concentrate on the most-daily realism and the emotional truth of his protagonists. In this Dror Mishani is an undeniable heir of Georges Simenon“, Macha Sery, Le Monde, 12\3\2020
– “Dror Mishani writes artful crime fiction“, Tobias Gohlis, Die Zeit, 12\9\2019
– “An exciting and literarty demanding work“, Carsten Hueck, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, 31/8/2019
– ” ‘Drei’ looks as if Daniel Glattauer, Juli Zeh and Ferdinand von Schirach were locked together in a writing cell”, Oliver Jungen, Frankfurter Allgemeine, 29/8/2019
– “Subtly narrated yet moving novel”, Sylvia Staude, Frankfurter Rundschau, 28/8/2019
– “A sophistictaed literary ‘machine’ (…) ‘THREE’ is a work written like a Shakespearean play (…) i believe it’ll be remembered as a work that heralded a new-wave in Israeli fiction just as ‘MY MICHAEL’ by Amos Oz did a few decades ago”, Haaretz Book Review, 23/11/2018
– “There’s a buzz around THREE, as if it was the sixth season of Game of Thrones. Well, this buzz is well deserved (…) The twist around which this book is constructed affects not just the content of the novel and its plot but the genre to which the novel belongs (…) If you want a literary murderer, if you want to feel the grip of fingers around your neck, it’s better to be in the hands of a hangman as acute and as gentle as Mishani”, Yedioth Ahronot, 16\11\2018
– “Mishani’s novels, although they respond to ‘crime fiction’ norms, are totally unprecdetnted in the Genre or outside it (…) Mishani develops as an artist from novel to novel and THREE is definitely the peak of his writing, probably the first in many more to come”, Maariv 7\12\2018
– “A beautiful heart-breaking work. On top of being an extraordinairy literary achievement, it’s very suspensful in an unusual way: it has murders and investigation but it has nothing to do with the aritificial thrillers that are flooding the book market”, Israel Today, 16/11/2018