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Conviction: It's a matter of life - and death

D. A. Mishani

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Crime & mystery, Fiction in translation

Daringly provocative and searingly entertaining, Conviction is a brilliant political thriller, and a witty literary confrontation with Israel's most sacred myths.

Both investigations began on the same day. One seemed domestic, almost banal: a newborn is found in a bag outside a hospital and the woman who left it there is captured after a few hours. The second investigation appeared stranger and more intriguing: a Swiss tourist disappeared from a beach-hotel near Tel-Aviv, and a quick inquiry showed he had been using a fake passport and at least two names. Can he be a Mossad agent like his daughter claims? And is he in danger?

Inspector Avraham Avraham, wishing to outgrow his usual cases of domestic violence, is indifferent to the one, and seduced by the other. Soon he understands he made a wrong choice, as both investigations spiral into a maze of violence and deception, leading to Israel's darkest secrets - and threatening to put Avraham in conflict with the most powerful men in the country, who technically don't even exist.

Conviction is a successful synthesis of the emotionality of the previous Avraham cases and the fast-paced, highly suspenseful standalone novel, Three. Once again, Mishani delivers an almost unbearably tense story, both thrilling and emotionally involving. It is yet another triumph.

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D. A. Mishani

Dror A. Mishani is an international bestselling crime writer, screenwriter and literary scholar, specializing in the history of crime fiction. His bestselling Inspector Avraham series (The Missing File, A Possibility of Violence, The Man Who Wanted to Know) was translated into more than 20 languages. They were shortlisted for the CWA international dagger award and the Grand Prix de Litterature Policliere and won the prestigious Martin Beck award for best crime novel translated to Swedish and the Grand Prix du meilleur Polar de lecteurs de Points. A successful French cine movie (Fleuve Noire) and an Israeli TV series based on the Inspector Avraham series were released in 2018/2019. A TV adaptation of The Missing File is in development with major American writer/producer David E. Kelley and NBCUniversal for Peacock. His stand alone thriller Three was again an international bestseller, received the Prix Mystere de la Critique and is longlisted for the CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger. An English language TV adaptation of Three is in development with Keshet International. Conviction is shortlisted for Israel's most prestigious literary award, the Sapir Prize.

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