Liad Shoham, lawyer and novelist, has been called the "John Grisham" of Israel and readers will delight in the American debut of his crime novel, "Lineup." (Harper, 306 pages)
Detective Eli Nachum thinks he has arrested the man responsible for a brutal rape in Tel Aviv. He is so convinced that an unemployed, down on his luck, divorced man, Ziv Nevo, is the perpetrator, that he cuts procedural corners, risking suspension from the police force, as prepares to finish the case against Nevo.
Bolstered by the fact that the victim's father had spotted Nevo prowling about his daughter's neighborhood in a suspicious fashion, Nachum believes he has his man. But when the victim gives a very tentative identification of the man and Nevo is still willing to plead guilty, Detective Nachum develops suspicions of his own.
The detective's suspicions grow when an elderly lady comes forth with information that points to another man. What seems like a straight forward case of rape becomes a far more complicated matter as Detective Eli Nachum struggles to find what deadly secret the suspect is hiding.
Could Ziv Nevo be involved in something even more brutal and heinous than rape?
Liad Shoham has written an interesting page turner with a cast of multi-faceted characters. John Grisham fans may wish to take their literary passport to Tel Aviv and take a look at Liad Shoham's "Lineup."