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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)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • 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 Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit (De quoi s'agit-il?)
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 Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit (De quoi s'agit-il?)
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 Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit (De quoi s'agit-il?)
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 Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit (De quoi s'agit-il?)
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 story I will never forget! 18 février 2015
Par OpenBookSociety dot com - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Caro

In Asylum City, Israeli author Liad Shoham, describes to the reader more than a simple homicide case. Asylum City deals with the problems and issues that both Israelis and refugees face in their everyday lives trying to survive, in a changing society, as citizens and migrants. This is where OMA (Organization for Migrant Aid) director Itai fisher and volunteer Michal Poleg come in and help the African asylum seekers construct a better life.

Helping the asylum seekers is not an easy job, especially if you get too involved. Michal learns this, the hard way, after discovering an illegal organization that benefits itself from the refugees. Her death seems like a simple case to solve, but as the story progresses, we find out that there’s more to it than it looks like. She was a character I immediately related to, and could understand, being a volunteer myself. Though her death occurs at the beginning of the book, her presence is always present throughout the story helping it develop. She was a character I would have liked to know more of; read about her strong personality, helping Itai at OMA, how she acted with the refugees.

Then we have, Itai Fisher, a character equally willing to help whoever needs it. In this case, Gabriel Takela, an Eritrean refugee who confesses to Michal’s murder in order to help his sister. On one hand, we have an Israeli sacrificing himself to help the asylum seekers that can’t fully come to trust OMA or the Israelis; and, on the other hand, an Eritrean not thinking twice to sacrifice himself for the only person he might have left in the world. We see the struggles they have to face to fulfil their goals, and in the same way amend past actions.

Anat Nachmias, is the policewoman in charge, and heroine of the story. I liked a comment made by the author, in which he mentions how, while researching for the book, he came to realize that it would be a woman taking the role of hero. And, it actually fits the book, because I think only Anat could have the sensibility to understand Michal, Gabriel, and Itai, and not let anyone interfere with the case. She was a character to look forward to.

Asylum City is a book that shows the points of views of characters in different situations that come in full circle at the end within a government and society which is described as those who want to help and those who want to hurt. I liked how the author gave every character a role to play. I would have never suspected the killer to be that particular person. Several times I changed my mind of whom to suspect of; the banker, Yariv, Michal’s family, even Yariv’s girlfriend at some point. A mystery well written.

I will remember Asylum City’s story from now on. It’s a book that opens the reader’s mind into seeing the danger that exists for refugees not only in Africa, but in different parts of the world, ‘til this day, that seek asylum and a way for a better life. I recommend you read Asylum City if mystery is your genre, there is so much of this book one could discuss.

*OBS would like to thank the author for providing a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*
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