Author: Liad Shoham
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Source: ARC from the publisher for a tour with TLC Book Tours
First line: Sarah Glazer raised the binoculars to her eyes and followed the movements of the young man and his dog walking down the street.
Goodreads blurb: A brutal rape in a quiet Tel Aviv neighborhood has the police baffled. Detective Eli Nahum is eager to wrap up the high-profile case and sees an easy conviction when the victim’s angry father delivers a likely suspect.
But Ziv Nevo isn’t a rapist. He’s a hired hand for a notorious mafia boss, and he’s not going to tell the cops why he was really near the crime scene. When the case is thrown out on a procedural technicality, Nahum is fired, Nevo goes free, and the mob smells a rat.
Then another rape occurs. Certain its Nevo, the cops are determined to see him to prison-unless the mob sends him to the grave first. On the run with his wife in the desert, an innocent man has one chance to survive-a disgraced former detective named Nahum who’s determined to find the truth at any cost.
I have been on a mystery/thriller kick for the last couple of years, reading them in higher volumes than I have since high school and college. I don’t see that changing any time soon, as I am realizing how much I enjoy them, especially if they are well-written. I also enjoy reading thrillers and mysteries from international authors, and so jumped at the chance to read Lineup, from one of Israel’s best-selling crime writers.
Lineup is set in the city of Tel Aviv, and the crime is a brutal one. Shoham was adept at giving the point of the view of the victim without making the rape unbearable to read. The falsely accused Nevo is in a precarious position; he is guilty of something, just not the crime the cops are trying to pin on him. As Detective Nahum gets deeper into the mystery, he becomes convinced of Nevo’s innocence, but isn’t in any position to prove it without Nevo’s help.
The mystery was well-written, and I was surprised by the revelation of the culprit, although in hindsight, I shouldn’t have been. Unfortunately, the level of writing and the intrigue of the plot weren’t enough to make this book a home run for me. Shoham uses multiple points of view to tell his story, which isn’t necessarily a bad plot device, but in this case made it difficult to relate to any one character. I wanted to keep reading to find out how it ended, but I wasn’t emotionally invested in the lives or outcomes of the characters.