D.A. Mishani

Interviewed 19 September 2020

D.A. Mishani

Dror Mishani was born in 1975 in Holon, a suburb of Tel Aviv, and spent the first 20 years of his life planning to escape it. When he finally did, he lived and studied in Jerusalem (Law and literature) and then in Paris (French and how to be alive), where he also discovered and fell in love with crime fiction.

He used to be a literary critic, editor, translator, and almost wrote a PhD on the history of detective fiction, while all this time dreaming of writing his own detective. In 2011, in a village near Cambridge in the UK called Impington, he finally looked this dream in the eye – and wrote The Missing File, the first in a series featuring police inspector Avraham Avraham, who lives and works in Holon, the same suburb Dror was trying to escape, which proves that setting yourself free is harder than it seems.

Since then Dror has written two more novels in the series and a standalone novel, Three, and is teaching Literature in Tel Aviv University. He lives in Tel Aviv with his wife Marta and two children, Benjamin and Sarah.

Books by D.A. Mishani


Orna, Emilia and Ella have questions and insecurities, causing each of them to turn to Gil. And he may have all the answers, but Gil is a liar.

Reviewed on 19 December 2020 by Kati Barr-Taylor