Thanks to Raven at Raven Crime Reads, I recently added to my Kindle Asylum City: A Novel by Liad Shoham (HarperCollins Publishers, 2014) translated from the original Hebrew by Sara Kitai.
Book Description: In bestselling author Liad Shoham’s edgy contemporary thriller, a troubled city is relieved when an obvious suspect confesses to a brutal murder—but why doesn’t the young police officer in charge of the case believe him?
Poised between the shores of Africa and the developed coastline of continental Europe, Tel Aviv is home to a large refugee population. Many immigrants walk its streets, desperately yearning for a new life. To assist them, Michal Poleg, an ardent young activist, volunteers with the city’s Office of Migrant Aid. But as badly as these immigrants would like to stay, there are more than a few locals who want them to leave. And when Michal is found dead in her apartment, her involvement with the controversial asylum seekers seems an obvious starting point in the search for answers.
Officer Anat Nachmias has never been asked to lead an investigation until she is assigned to Michal’s case. Determined not to let her superiors—or Michal—down, she resolves to leave no avenue unexplored. But the deeper Anat delves into Michal’s activism, the more she is convinced that the working theory is wrong, especially when she can’t believe a word of the young African man who soon confesses to the crime. What she does believe is that Michal, a petite, opinionated woman, got herself involved in something much bigger, and far more dangerous, than she could handle.
Joined by Michal’s clumsy but charming boss, Itai, Anat descends into a shadowy, amoral underworld where war victims and criminals, angels and demons, idealists and cynics, aid organizations and criminal syndicates intersect—and the ruthless prey on the weak. What she discovers will shock the city and set in motion events that will have dramatic, far-reaching consequences.