ASYLUM CITY by Liad Shoham

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Tel Aviv police officer Anat Nachmias gets her first murder case when a young woman is found dead in her apartment. The victim is Michal Poleg, who worked helping African refugees settle into Israel.

One of the refugees she helped was Gabriel, who had emigrated along with his sister, but she was kidnapped, and he doesn’t even know if she’s alive. Then Gabriel comes forward and confesses that he killed Michal, but his story doesn’t jive with the evidence.

Nachmias’s bosses just want the case closed, and she angers her co-workers and superiors when she continues to investigate. Michal’s boss, Itai, also doesn’t believe Gabriel and he works with Nachmias to try to figure out who really killed Michal and why Gabriel is taking the fall.

This in depth look at the immigration crisis in Tel Aviv somewhat mirrors the problems, both political and real, in the U.S., and adds some complexity to this thriller. A strong sense of foreboding runs throughout the book and makes this a real page-turner.

Shoham is one of the bestselling thriller writers in Israel, and this is his second book, after the excellent Line Up, that has been published in the U.S.

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12/14 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch

ASYLUM CITY by Liad Shoham. Harper (December 9, 2014). ISBN 978-0062237538. 352p.

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