Israel's fictional detective Avraham (Avi) Avraham has another puzzling case, "A Possibility of Violence." (D. A. Mishani/ Harper/280 pages)
In a land plagued by terrorism, even a fake bomb is treated very seriously - especially when it is planted near a daycare center. While Detective Avraham questions the parents of the children in the daycare, he comes across something quite irregular.
Chaim Sara, a middle-aged father of two young boys, claims to have argued with the owner of the daycare center. Something about Chaim Sara seems suspicious to Avi Avraham.
Though still haunted by his previous investigation involving the disappearance of Ofer Sharabi, Avi is convinced he has another missing persons case - Chaim Sara's wife.
D. A. Mishani's Detective Avi Avraham is a sympathetic character. He does not possess the detached deductive powers of Sherlock Holmes. He makes plenty of mistakes in his investigations as he well knows.
But his dogged persistence and trust of his instincts which tell him that there are no simple, open and shut investigations, keep this sleuth on the case even when he is deeply troubled by the tragedies he uncovers.