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Asylum City: A Novel [Format Kindle]

Liad Shoham

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Revue de presse

“A taut, engaging…murder mystery.…Well-plotted.…A treat for mystery fans who enjoy variety in their whodunit settings-or who simply savor a good yarn.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Shoham’s second book, following the excellent Lineup…profits from the strong sense of foreboding that runs throughout the tale.” (Booklist)

“Liad Shoham’s latest book, Asylum City, has a riveting plot that involves a mystery based around social issues…. A fast-paced and riveting novel that is more than just a crime story. It is a gripping thriller with engaging characters and an informative storyline.” (Crimespree Magazine)

“An amazing thriller…. Extremely well-written, this plot is one that will stay in the memory for a good, long time to come.” (Suspense Magazine)

“Liad Shoham takes no prisoners in Asylum City.” (Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review)

“Another triumph.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Liad Shoham is one of Israel’s leading crime writers and this may well be his best effort to date.” (Night Owl Suspense)

“[A] carefully crafted tale of deceit and betrayal.” (Library Journal)

Présentation de l'éditeur

In this edgy thriller from the #1 international bestselling author of Lineup, which was described by New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder as "a marvel of tight plotting, spare prose, and relentless pacing," a young police officer's investigation of a murder plunges her into the dark underworld of Tel Aviv.

When young social activist Michal Poleg is found dead in her Tel Aviv apartment, her body showing signs of severe violence, officer Anat Nachmias is given the lead on her first murder investigation. Eager to find answers, the talented and sensitive cop looks to the victim's past for clues, focusing on the last days before her death. Could one of the asylum seekers Michal worked with be behind this crime?

Then a young African man confesses to the murder, and Anat's commanders say the case is closed. But the cop isn't convinced. She believes that Michal, a tiny girl with a gift for irritating people, got involved in something far too big and dangerous for her to handle.

Joined by Michal's clumsy yet charming boss, Anat is pulled deep into a perplexing shadow world where war victims and criminals, angels and demons, idealists and cynics, aid organizations and criminal syndicates intersect. But the truth may be more than Anat can handle, bringing her face to face with an evil she's never before experienced.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 341 pages
  • Editeur : Harper (9 décembre 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00J269YAK
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Refugees in Israel 31 mars 2015
Par michael a. draper - Publié sur
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The goals we set for ourselves are sometimes met in unusual ways.

Michal Poleg is a young social activist in Tel Aviv. She believes in helping the downtrodden with her whole being. She's active in an organization that helps refugees and asylum seekers in Israel.

Michal has pursued a number of people who were taking advantage of the refugees so passionately that someone struck back and she was found dead in her Tel Aviv apartment.

Officer Anat Nachmias is given the lead in the investigation. It's her first murder case and she's trying to become a success in a man's world of police activity. She looks into Michal's past for answers.

She's clever and compassionate and looking into Michal's relationship with some of the refugees to see if there could be a connection to her murder.Then, a young African man confesses. Is this the end of the investigation?

Michal's boss, Itari Fisher begins the story agreeing to go on a date. His Jewish mother and good friend arrange it. Then he hears of Michal's murder and of the confession by the young African man both he and Michal were trying to help and he thinks there must be more to it. As his investigation soon he begins to work with Anal.

Liad Shoham is Israel's leading crime writer and is a practicing attorney. He paints a picture of a criminal world making money from the refugees - many of whom are from Eritrea where they left their country due to fear of mandatory conscription and for the women, rape.

It is easy for the reader to compare the plight of the emigrants to the United States and to view those fleeing Africa daily.

The novel reads as fiction but is so real that it could be taken from behind the headlines. There are a number of red herrings and eventually a confrontation that would have satisfied Michal if she wasn't killed.

The story is magnetic and recommended for mystery fans and those believing in justice.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Absorbing Israeli police procedural with strong women characters 7 octobre 2014
Par Patto - Publié sur
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The murder victim, for one, is a strong character: Michal Poleg, a volunteer at the Organization for a Migrant Aid. She’s an aggressive advocate of African asylum seekers, and knows entirely too much about the underworld city of refugees in Tel Aviv....

Was her killer a disgruntled African lover? Or the lawyer she filed a complaint against for causing so many migrants to be deported? Or "The Banker" who lends money to migrants illegally at exorbitant interest rates?

A strong woman detective is leading the investigation into Michal's murder. Anat Nachmias doesn't appear at all formidable, being petite, skinny and frizzy-haired, but she's a clear thinker and determined not to settle for a quick, easy, and possibly wrong solution, which what she's being pressured to deliver. She has admirable ways of dealing with belligerent, sexist males. I really like this detective and hope Liad Shoham will feature her in future books.

The plot is complex, with lots of promising false leads and intriguing forensic findings. The characters are well developed. The identity of the killer surprised me. The back-stories of the asylum seekers form heartbreaking subplots. The story in general opened my eyes to the plight of a suffering segment of society I never thought much about before.

As relief from all the sad stories, there's an attraction simmering between Anat and a male social worker. And then there are humorous scenes in which Jewish parents badger their over-thirty offspring to get married or at least have a relationship.

I was amused by the testosterone-heavy atmosphere of the Tel Aviv homicide, with Anat a bastion of quiet intelligence.

I read two earlier books by Liad Shoham, who is getting to be one of my favorite International mystery writers. Like his other books, Asylum City is very satisfying read.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Likeable heroine meets dark Israeli underworld 26 septembre 2014
Par Dr. Cathy Goodwin - Publié sur
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I really liked an earlier novel by Shoham, also discovered through Vine, but this one wasn't quite as good. The first part of the book held my interest, introducing a victim who was perhaps one of the most interesting characters of the book. Ironically she resembles the female police officer assigned to the case, Anat Nachmias. Anat's family wanted her to be a lawyer but instead Anat became a police detective. From the beginning, we know that police attention will be focused on the wrong person; it's on the cover blurb and also a common mystery device. The wrongly accused man also is very complex and appealing.

Anat suspects they have the wrong man (a pattern common in detective stories but not, alas, in real life). We as readers are taken through the viewpoints of several characters, including suspects, who may or may not be involved. The ending comes as a surprise with no clues for the reader to anticipate, and some readers may even feel a little cheated.

As other reviewers noted, Anat is a strong female lead who encounters sexism at every step, but keeps doing her job. I'd like to see more of her in future series. Rather than show a linear plot, Shoham jumps around to reveal actions and thoughts of different characters. This popular device can work well, but after awhile I thought the book was getting choppy and started to lose track of what was going on.

However, the book introduces readers to the plight of refugees in Israel, with special attention to Africans. Since the author is a practicing attorney, I assume the descriptions are realistic and accurate. In many ways, the situation sounds similar to the US: an immigration problem with racial and ethnic overtones, often leading to an underground population that is easily victimized. For the many readers who like mysteries that educate as well as entertain, Asylum City might be a good choice.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Appealing Heroine 3 octobre 2014
Par Antigone Walsh - Publié sur
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A detective's first homicide case will thrust her into the troubled world of illegal immigration Israel. Anat knows it is not easy being a girl in the boy's club. But she is smart, motivated and armed with a law school degree. A young woman is found murdered in her apartment. The woman, a volunteer at a human rights organization dealing with immigrants primarily from Africa, has alienated even her family with her stridency and take no prisoners attitude. When an asylum seeker confesses the brass is overjoyed. But Anat is not convinced much to the chagrin of her superiors. Still, she undertakes a thoughtful, thorough look at alternative suspects which leads to some shocking revelations.

I liked this book. Anat is an appealing character, strong and believable. Her struggle with the rampant sexism is believable as she tries to toe the line between being a cop and being a woman. It was refreshing that she was not blessed with super model looks but is an attractive woman who relies on her intelligence and training to succeed. The challenge and cost of illegal immigration in Israel was handled fairly objectively. The canny crime boss, Faro, makes a welcome appearance. There are a few references to early novels but this one stands alone. There are too many characters and the names can be challenging. Other than the names and references to the Knesset, there is no sense that this is Israel. Still a fast moving novel with an immensely likable heroine.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A superb crime novel 7 décembre 2014
Par Israel Drazin - Publié sur
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This is the second Liad Shoham crime novel that I read. The first was Lineup. I enjoyed both. Shoham’s novels have fascinating fast moving plots with interesting well-drawn characters. The crimes and detections take place in Israel and have an exotic flavor. Shoham is a practicing attorney and knows his craft and the crimes he describes. He wrote six critically acclaimed crime novels and is Israel’s leading crime writer. This novel, as Lineup, was translated from Hebrew into fluent and engrossing English by Sara Kitai.
The story focuses on the murder of a young female social activist in Tel Aviv, Michal. She was an overactive member of an organization that aids Africans that escape the brutal murders in Ethiopia and Eritrea. Michal tried to help the African refugees generally and individually. One of those she helped was Gabriel who she saw has artistic talents.
She faults the way many Israelis treat these refugees and publicizes her views, creating enemies. Among the angry is a minister of parliament who opposes the kind treatment that Israel gives these refugees. Another is an Assistant States Attorney, a protégé of the minister whose job is to plead in court for the expulsion of the Africans back to Ethiopia or Eritrea. Michal wrote to the Bar Association claiming that the ASA hid information from the court which resulted in an African man being expelled to Africa where he was murdered. The ASA remembers that on the night of Michal’s murder he was banging on her door asking her to cease her campaign against him. He recalls nothing after this until waking the next morning in his bed, his face covered with bruises. He does not know if he killed Michal.
Many people take advantage of the African problem. One is a crime boss who makes millions lending money to needy refugees. Michal is trying to stop his activities. He told his thugs to beat up Michal to stop her speaking about his people.
Bedouins take money from fleeing Africans to lead them from Africa through the Sinai into Israel. However, once the African is in Sinai they demand more money to continue. What is worse, they kidnap many of the young African women and make them sex slaves. Two of the many Africans that the Bedouins transported were Gabriel and his sister. They kidnaped Gabriel’s sister and turned her into a sex slave.
After months when the sister was sick, the Bedouins offered to release Gabriel’s sister if he pays 25,000 shekels, an enormous amount of money. Gabriel went to Michal’s house to ask her for help and found her dead. He is charged with her murder.
A young police woman is assigned to investigate the murder. This is her first case. She thinks Gabriel is innocent, although for reasons she is unable to understand, he confessed to the murder. Her bosses place enormous pressure on her to end the case and have Gabriel convicted.
Shoham describes each of these people and the events in a suspenseful manner so that they become almost unforgettable.
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