Reading ASYLUM CITY provides the reader with a new perspective on crime. Not only does it expose the reader to new lawful processes (even within the fictitious landscape) but it introduces new rationale behind the crimes committed. In ASYLUM CITY the criminal elements are complex and are largely based on greed - a common enough element, yet when immigration, refugees, and other political factors come into play, ASYLUM CITY distances itself from the norm.
The characters aren't all they seem to be with hidden motives and personal agendas dictating their every move and lie.
When a likable Michal Poleg is found murdered in her apartment, a suspect is quickly determined yet, is quickly distanced from the investigation by virtue of a young African man stepping forward claiming to be the murderer.
Going in I wasn't sure what to expect and was pleased with the overall flow and pacing of the novel. There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing while also dropping hints about the killers' true identity.
Overall, ASYLUM CITY is a great read if you're looking to diversity your crime fiction pallet. Whilst Liad Shoham does follow the stereotypical police procedural formula, I think the place setting and parallel plots give it enough depth to separate it from generic mainstream crime.