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Asylum City by Liad Shoham

Asylum City

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The past few years have allowed us a most welcome introduction to crime fiction from many other countries, with Scandinavia, France and Italy very much to the fore, but this impressive novel is one of the first that I have come across of Israeli Noir. On her first homicide assignment, Anat, a young female Tel Aviv cop investigates the violent death of a social activist. Looking into the victim's past for a motive and clues to the crime, she is drawn into the world of asylum-seekers and the complex political situation the influx of African migrants has provoked. Both assisted and hindered by the victim's boss, Anat is soon confronting unwelcome realities and a layer of evil she had never suspected existed. Contemporary and anything but black and white, this clever mystery is a great example of socially-conscious mystery writing and well worth a detour. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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Asylum City by Liad Shoham

In this edgy thriller from the numbered 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 organisations 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.


'Shoham's depiction of a violent Tel Aviv, full of gangsters and frightening money men, is slickly and professionally drawn.'
Sunday Herald

'Enjoyable, taut and pacy ... Asylum City effectively highlights a social problem without diluting the murder mystery in which it comes wrapped.'
Jewish Chronicle

'Impressive ... Contemporary and anything but black and white ... A great example of socially -conscious mystery writing.'
Maxim Jabukowski Lovereading '[G]ritty ... well researched and tightly structured ... written by Israel's top crime writer' 'Israeli author Shoham follows his U.S. debut, 2013's Lineup, with another triumph ... movingly depicts the plight of African immigrants in Israel.
Publishers Weekly

'A strong plot, good characterisation, and serious social concerns ... a very good novel.'

'The English translation of Asylum City should win Israel's leading crime novelist Liad Shoham an international following.'
Olivia Cole GQ

About the Author

Liad Shoham

Liad Shoham is Israel's leading crime writer and a practising attorney with degrees from Jerusalem's Hebrew University and the London School of Economics. All of his five crime novels have been critically acclaimed bestsellers. He lives in Tel Aviv, and is married with two children.

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Publication date

21st May 2015


Liad Shoham

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Scribe Publications


336 pages


Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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