Saturday, July 5, 2014

Off the Shelf: A Possibility of Violence

PossibilityofViolence hc cOne of the wonderful things about blogdom is the ability to connect with other countries at your fingertips. The book I’m taking ‘Off the Shelf’ today is by Israeli crime writer D. A. Mishani and has just recently been released in the U.S.

Mishani’s new book, A POSSIBILITY OF VIOLENCE, is the second installment in his acclaimed literary Avraham crime series. This is the chilling sequel to his 2013’s The Missing File, which was shortlisted for the Crime Writer’s Association International Dagger Award and lauded as “a solid brainteaser … satisfying … a thoughtful character study of a good man deeply troubled by issues of innocence and guilt” by the New York Times.  

A POSSIBILITY OF VIOLENCE reintroduces Inspector Avraham Avraham as he returns from a vacation spent recuperating from his last investigation and is immediately assigned to a case that will test his limitations. 

Upon his return he confronts the unthinkable – a witness sees a man with a limp abandon a suitcase near a suburban Tel Aviv daycare center. The explosive device it contains turns out to be a dud, but a few hours later a threat is received. The suitcase was only the beginning.

The stakes are heightened when a person of interest, a father of two, suddenly disappears. Before vanishing, he claims his wife has recently left Tel Aviv for her native country – but her name cannot be found on the passenger list of any departing flights. Is this couple connected to the suitcase? Or are they fleeing a far more terrible crime that no one yet knows has been committed?

Told from alternating perspectives, A POSSIBILITY OF VIOLENCE is the heart-pounding story of one man’s race to save innocent lives – and, in doing so, exorcise his demons. Untangling this complex web of deceit offers Avi a chance to atone for the trauma and failure of his first investigation. 

But when the only answers lie with a father on the run, desperately trying to save his children from something he dares not reveal, redemption may not be possible for Avraham. Not when the truth is more abominable than anything he’s ever faced.

Here’s what others are already saying about this intriguing thriller:

      “Stellar…Mishani makes good use of his study of the genre to create another psychologically complex case, in the process deepening his lead character.” — Publishers Weekly *Starred Review*
      “Avi is a fascinating character.” — Booklist


Dror A. Mishani (born in 1975) is an Israeli crime writer, translator and literary scholar, specializing in the history of detective fiction. 

His detective series, featuring police inspector Avraham Avraham, was first published in Hebrew in 2011 and is translated to many languages. 

The first novel in the series, The Missing File, was shortlisted for the 2013 CWA international dagger award and won the Martin Beck award, for the best translated crime novel in Sweden.

Dror lives with his wife and two children in Tel Aviv.

For more on Dror and his writing, visit his website and connect with him on Facebook.

ISBN: 9780062195401
Hardcover; 228 Pages; $26.99/$33.50 Can
On Sale: July 1, 2014

Thanks so much for visiting today. Hope you’re still enjoying the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Have you always enjoyed books by foreign authors or have you only come to read their books since blogging? If you’re a fan of this fascinating series, share your thoughts on it.

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  1. Hi Mason - this seems like an excellent read .. really intriguing. Dror seems to have the right credentials to write such a psychological thriller .. I think I'd be frightened to death - but great that you've brought it to our attention ..

    I enjoy the mix and match of bloggers and information that we are able to find out about - as we check out blog posts ... Dror Mishani has obviously captured the genre completely ...

    Cheers and have a happy weekend - Hilary

    1. Hilary, you're right about Dror having the right credentials. He definitely tells a fascinating story in this installment. Hope you have a great weekend too.

  2. An Israeli writer! Thanks, first time I've ever heard of him. Do the first book have a terrorist slant as well?

    1. Alex, I believe the first book was about a missing 16 year old. I don't think it involved terrorists.

  3. Mason - I've been wondering where Mishani was going to go with his Avraham character. Thanks for sharing this latest release.


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