Reeling from the imperfect investigation in the introductory novel in this series (“Missing File”) in which we met the introspective Israeli detective, Avraham Avraham, he is here presented with another confusing case which again tests him. In the debut novel (possible spoiler here), Avi encountered a case in which a young boy was murdered by his parents. And, apparently, in this plot he still rues the fact that he was unable to save the child.
In this novel, the case begins when someone is observed leaving an “explosive” device outside a day care center. Out of this beginning arise tangential investigations, including the deadly assault on the head of the day care and the question of a missing wife of the father of one of the children attending the center who had supposedly left Israel for her native Philippines. In his investigation, Avi wonders if these incidents are related, and he becomes concerned about the safety of the man’s two sons.
Once again, the author has demonstrated an ability to write a detective mystery that is completely original not only in its approach, but also in scope. While pursuing a police procedural, the author delves into a myriad of questions and emotions that give rise to deeper insight into the protagonist, as well as into a complex case with many ramifications. And in a side plot involving Avi’s on-again-off-again engagement/potential marriage, we gain additional knowledge of his personality and character.
The novel is recommended....Continua