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The Man Who Wanted to Know

(אברהם אברהם #3)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  195 ratings  ·  42 reviews

Called on a stormy day to his first murder scene as the new commander of investigations, Inspector Avraham Avraham is astounded to discover he knows the victim: a middle-aged woman who had been assaulted in the past. His only lead is an eyewitness claiming he saw a policeman going down the building's staircase a few minutes after the murder.

Eager to solve his first murder case, Avrahamurder.


Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published June 2nd 2016 by riverrun (first published January 1st 2015)
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May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
*Thank you to Shotsmag for my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*

Newly promoted Inspector Avi Avraham hasn't yet developed the hard exterior common of most seasoned cops; he's a kind and compassionate man; a man of principles and for me, a breath of pure mountain air. Of course, he isn't perfect, but you know something? I think you're gonna love him.

It's a stormy night when Avi (now Head of Investigations) of the Israeli Police Force is called to the scene of a
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an unusual crime story which is primarily character driven. Mali Bengsten is pregnant and has two children and a husband, Kobi, that she loves with every fibre of her being. Through Mali, we get an insight into her life. her worries and concerns about the odd and peculiar behaviour of her husband, plus she has no idea as to his whereabouts on the night of the storm. Kobi is unemployed and endeavouring to secure another job.

DI Avraham, or Avi, is heading his first murder investigation. T
Lyn Elliott
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, israel
An original storyline, the main characters are far from the stereotypes in much crime fiction, and the pace rattles along.
I was mildly irritated by the many ‘if only he had done this now’, ‘and this would be the last time they...’, which were like potholes along the way. But a good read for holidays.
לטעמי זה הספר הטוב ביותר בסידרת הבלש אברהם אברהם וגם ביחס לז'אנר זה ספר ממש חזק עם עלילה ועומק בלתי צפויים.

הבלש אברהם אברהם חוקר רצח של אישה ששנתיים לפני כן נאנסה. הזירה נקייה מסממנים וקצה החוט היחידי נמסר לבלש משכן שרואה דרך עיינית שוטר שעוזב את הבניין מספר דקות לאחר שעת הרצח המשוערת.

במקביל מסופר סיפורם של קובי ומלי בנגסטון. סיפור מעניין על זוגיות בצל אונס של האישה וקושי של הבעל להשתלב בעולם העבודה.

אהבתי את הדרך של משעני לערב את הקורא בנבכי המחשבות והרגשות של
Nir Reinish
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
הספר הטוב ביותר בסדרה עד כה. עלילה מוצלחת, והדמות של אברהם אברהם מתפתחת עם כל ספר בסדרה. מומלץ.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hebrew-detective
הספר האחרון (אולי יהיו עוד? אני מקווה) בסדרת ספרי החוקר אברהם אברהם, הלוזר המתחבט מחולון. זה הספר הטוב שבהם. שוב אנחנו נחשפים לסיפור הבלשי ולסיפור החקירה במקביל אבל הסיפור כאן עמוק יותר ונוגע ביצר האנושי לדעת הכל או לא לדעת דבר. כמו בספרים הקודמים לא הכל פתור, אבל אלו החיים ואלו הגיבורים של הספר ויפה שכך.
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
עוד ספר מצוין של משעני בסדרת ״אברהם אברהם״. אני ממש אוהב את הבלש המיוסר הזה ואת כתיבתו של משעני. עד כה ככל שאני קורא את חלקי הסדרה היא רק משתבחת מספר לספר ואני כבר סקרן לגבי החלק הבא...
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The plot was okay, though everyone was gloomy and unhappy all the time. Not that I need a book about a murder to be upbeat, but geez! Everyone was constantly miserable. It felt like a book full of Eeyores. My biggest problem with this book was that I think the translation was bad. The dialogue was extremely stilted and awkward. Maybe that's how it is in the original language and the author is just not that great a writer (it happens; looking at you, Dean Koontz!), but I'll give the him the benef ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Avi Avraham wurde vor Kurzem zum Leiter der Ermittlungsbehörde ernannt und bekommt nun seinen ersten Mordfall, den er unter eigener Regie lösen muss. Avi kennt die Ermordete, Lea Jäger, denn sie war vor einigen Jahren das Opfer einer Vergewaltigung. Derweil sich sein Chef und seine Kollege, der bei der Beförderung übergangen wurden, schnell auf den Sohn als Tatverdächtigen einschießen, ermittelt Avi in eine andere Richtung. Kann es sein, dass ein Polizist, der vorgibt die Vergewaltigungsopfer no ...more
Cheryl M-M
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the story of a crime within a crime or rather the repercussions of a crime. The way crime leaves more than just the actual victim in its wake.

The scene between Avraham and Ilana is pivotal for the investigation and his own insight. She questions his motives, which really rattles his cage. In turn he realises that she doesn’t really belong on a pedestal.

In fact she agrees with the decisions made by Saban. The conversation shatters this imaginary image he had in his
Bonnie Brody
Avi Avraham has been promoted to Commander of the Investigations and Intelligence unit and is getting his feet wet slowly. His first case deals with the death of a woman named Leah Yeger, an older woman and the victim of a rape several years previously. Avi is puzzled about this and can only wonder about the reasons for her murder. Her rapist is still in jail and she appears to have no enemies. The only lead he has is that a neighbor saw a police officer leaving the apartment building at approxi ...more
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a tough slog with little reward at the finish. Basically we have a psychological evaluation of the police inspector, his wife, the killer, and his wife. No suspense at all as story plods on to the eventual conclusion. The only mystery at all was the killer's motive; it was banal.
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Crime fiction yes, but Israeli crime fiction? A bit different, certainly. I have only recently discovered this author but am really pleased I have. The books are not as gripping as some crime fiction but they do give a really interesting and insightful portrayal into the police procedures in a different part of the world.

This is a good solid police procedural and there’s a lot to discover about A Avraham, his h
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great slow burner. Intriguing at first but in general a slow build up to a tense finish. The ending surprised me. The author does a great job of juggling multiple story lines and also the internal psychological struggle of the Detective. This latter issue is addressed sparsely but wonderfully. I'm highly impressed with the writing. It's easy to see why the author has won so many awards. I will be reading more!
David Wyatt
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's something quite freeing about D.A.Mishani's writing. It's not a hide the conclusion type detective novel, it's a wonderfully sculpted story that allows facts to unravel when they need to, if that means finding out who the killer is (or at least having a very very good idea) 150 pages before the end, then so be it. I love his style, and I love the setting of Israel.
Racheli Zusiman
החלק הראשון טוב, אבל בשלב מסוים העניינים מתחילים להיות ברורים וזה -קצת מקלקל.
Lila Porat
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
יש עומק בספר. זה יותר מעוד ספר מתח.
Aug 13, 2019 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epub

Inspector Avraham Avraham is back in this sequel to the acclaimed thrillers A Possibility of Violence and The Missing File—internationally bestselling author D. A. Mishani's The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything is a hauntingly psychological domestic noir, perfect for fans of Alafair Burke or Liad Shoham.

Called on a stormy night to the scene of his first murder investigation as the new commander of investigations, Inspector Avraham Avraham is shocked to discover that he knows the victim: Leah Y

Eliyahu Greitzer
אחלה ספר. מאוד נהניתי. כשאני משווה אותו לספרי מתח פסיכולוגיים אחרים, חסר משהו כדי שיקבל מקום גבוה יותר. אולי זה טיפה יותר מתח ועוד תת סיפור או רובד. אבל הוא עוסק במציאות המקומית באופן אמין ולא יומרני, וגם הרעיון של הפרקים לסירוגין עובד כאן יפה. הכתיבה זורמת ואמינה.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review to come.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
annoyed me - not sure why - did not finish
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I hope there's more from this series, I find them really interesting.
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good read, interesting characters. could hardly put it down.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well done — a police procedural that’s also a thoughtful psychological exploration (not just of the killer but also the cop and several other characters.)
Bill Hopkins
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Avraham Avraham has been promoted following the success of his last case. In his first murder case follwoing he promotion he seeks the killer of a older woman who had been a rape victim a few years earlier. He is still dealing with doubts from his blunders on earlier cases and with personal issues with his new bride to be.

This has been a great series and I wish there were more.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspektor Avraham Avraham ist just zum neuen Leiter des Ermittlungsdezernats von Cholon-Ayalon ernannt worden, da wird er des Nächtens an einen Tatort gerufen: Lea Jäger, eine Witwe, wurde in ihrem Haus brutal ermordet - und Avi Avraham kennt sie. Sie wurde vor Jahren Opfer einer Vergewaltigung, der Täter von damals sitzt im Gefängnis. Der einzige Hinweis stammt von einem Augenzeugen, der behauptet, einen Polizisten gesehen zu haben, der sich vom Tatort entfernt hat. Und ausgerechnet dieser Poli ...more
C'était une histoire plaisante à lire même si on devine tout de suite que l'on est loin du commissaire endurci par des années de travail, ou du génie bien dans ses pompes qui n'hésite jamais. Là on fait face à un Avraham à la tête d'une enquête pour la toute première fois, avec un meurtre à élucider en plus de ça. Un Avraham qui n'est pas trop sûr de lui et on le surprend à plusieurs reprises à hésiter sur ses décisions, à la fin ses doutes ne se sont toujours pas dissipés. Sur le plan professio ...more
Rosemary Standeven
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
The main protagonist of this story, Avraham, is a stereotypical work-obsessed policeman, who has difficulties maintaining a normal relationship. Despite the attention he pays to his girlfriend, he always seems somewhat detached from life taking place around him. Nothing new there. But this novel is far from formulaic. The only standard thing (apart from the cop) is that there is a murder, but the reason b
Elaine Tomasso
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Quercus for an advance copy of The Man Who Wanted To Know, a police procedural set in the Israeli town of Holon and featuring Superintendent Avraham "Avi" Avraham.
The novel follows Avi's first murder investigation as Head of the Investigations Division, the murder of Leah Yeger, a widow in her sixties. Avi feels overwhelmed initially as he immediately recognises Leah as a rape victim he met at the time and then when a witness says he saw a policeman leaving t
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
D A Mishani is an Israeli crime writer and literary scholar who specialises in the history of detective fiction, and who has now written his own contribution to the genre. We first met his lead detective in the much acclaimed, and very enjoyable, debut novel The Missing File. Inspector Avi Avraham is a complex character, a good man, but not always a good detective. He sometimes makes mistakes, but is aware of his own shortcomings and always attempts to do the right thing. He’s diligent and persi ...more
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D. A. Mishani (born in 1975) is an Israeli crime writer, editor and literary scholar, specializing in the history of detective fiction.
His first detective novel, "The missing file", was published in Hebrew in 2011. Translation rights for the novel, the first in a crime series featuring police inspector Avraham Avraham, were sold to more than 10 territories. The American edition of "The missing fi

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אברהם אברהם (3 books)
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