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The Man Who Wanted to Know

D. A. Mishani

8 Reviews

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Inspector Avraham Avraha, Fiction, Crime & mystery, Fiction in translation

Groundbreaking translated police thriller that channels the great detective philosophies of Sherlock Holmes and Wallander.

Soul-shattering and profound detective novel from the international award-winning sensation.



Mazal Bengtson doesn't know what her husband was doing on the night of the storm. Inspector Avraham Avraham doesn't know how to begin his first murder case.


What they do both know is something of the victim's past that holds the key to understanding not just the murder, but stranger, more disturbing events.


For the things that happen in a long marriage, under strain may not always be against the law. Desperate to solve a terrible death, Avraham cannot mend what he cannot know.

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Praise for The Man Who Wanted to Know

  • Impressive! Dror Mishani writes with profound originality - Henning Mankell

  • A bittersweet story, with a fine twist at the end - Daily Mail, on The Missing File

  • An assured debut, with a wholly unexpected resolution - Guardian, best crime novels of 2013, on The Missing File

  • A thoughtful character study of a good man deeply troubled by issues of innocence and guilt - New York Times, on The Missing File

  • Compelling . . . Mishani has published a welcome sequel - Telegraph, on A Possibility of Violence

  • Avraham is quiet, stubbornly impressive and the novel is full of insights into love and sex - The Times

  • *STAR PICK* Takes us into the hearts of these compassionately drawn characters. Sensitive, perceptive and quietly memorable. - Crime Club

  • He writes in such a cool, one-paced style . . . Powerful insight . . . 'Those Swedish and Danish cops, they're not real,' Mishani seems to be saying. 'My steady, plodding Israelis show what police work really is.' - Jewish Chronicle

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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 LittA rature PolicliA re 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 MystA re 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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