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On the dusty streets of post-war Tel Aviv, a crafty killer roams free… Israel, 1949 - Private detective Adam Lapid knows how it feels to lose everything. His whole family died in Auschwitz. He barely survived. Now he spends his nights haunted by nightmares and his days solving cases the police won’t handle. Hired to find a missing boy, Adam thinks the case is hopeless. But h On the dusty streets of post-war Tel Aviv, a crafty killer roams free… Israel, 1949 - Private detective Adam Lapid knows how it feels to lose everything. His whole family died in Auschwitz. He barely survived. Now he spends his nights haunted by nightmares and his days solving cases the police won’t handle. Hired to find a missing boy, Adam thinks the case is hopeless. But he can’t turn down a mother searching for her only child. What Adam doesn’t realize is that this case will soon put him in mortal danger. For at the root of the mystery lies a double murder that has stayed unsolved for ten long years. Adam must untangle a web of lies and betrayal to get to the truth. And he’d better watch his back because some of the suspects are willing to kill to keep their dark secrets buried.


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On the dusty streets of post-war Tel Aviv, a crafty killer roams free… Israel, 1949 - Private detective Adam Lapid knows how it feels to lose everything. His whole family died in Auschwitz. He barely survived. Now he spends his nights haunted by nightmares and his days solving cases the police won’t handle. Hired to find a missing boy, Adam thinks the case is hopeless. But h On the dusty streets of post-war Tel Aviv, a crafty killer roams free… Israel, 1949 - Private detective Adam Lapid knows how it feels to lose everything. His whole family died in Auschwitz. He barely survived. Now he spends his nights haunted by nightmares and his days solving cases the police won’t handle. Hired to find a missing boy, Adam thinks the case is hopeless. But he can’t turn down a mother searching for her only child. What Adam doesn’t realize is that this case will soon put him in mortal danger. For at the root of the mystery lies a double murder that has stayed unsolved for ten long years. Adam must untangle a web of lies and betrayal to get to the truth. And he’d better watch his back because some of the suspects are willing to kill to keep their dark secrets buried.

30 review for Ten Years Gone

  1. 4 out of 5

    George P.

    Ten Years Gonebrings together three things I love: Israel, mystery, and sequels. It is the first of four novels by Jonathan Dunsky featuring Adam Lapid, a private detective in post-Independence Tel Aviv. (By first, I mean that the events it narrates come first in the series. It was actually written third.) Having completed it, I’m already on to the next novel, The Dead Sister. Lapid was a Jewish police detective in Hungary before World War II. His wife and children didn’t survive Auschwitz, but h Ten Years Gonebrings together three things I love: Israel, mystery, and sequels. It is the first of four novels by Jonathan Dunsky featuring Adam Lapid, a private detective in post-Independence Tel Aviv. (By first, I mean that the events it narrates come first in the series. It was actually written third.) Having completed it, I’m already on to the next novel, The Dead Sister. Lapid was a Jewish police detective in Hungary before World War II. His wife and children didn’t survive Auschwitz, but he did. After the Allies liberated Buchenwald, he stayed in Europe for a time, hunting down former Nazi officers and meting out vengeance. Then he immigrated to Palestine, joined the Haganah, and fought heroically in the War of Independence. After the war, he took up private detecting on the streets of Tel Aviv. In that capacity, a German Jewess who was able to pass herself off as Gentile during the war comes to him with a request. In 1939, she had sent her son ahead with a friend to Palestine, hoping soon to follow in their steps. That didn’t happen. Ten years later, she can’t find either the woman or her son, so she hires Lapid to do so. The problem? Both the woman and the boy were murdered in 1939. Lapid doesn’t have the heart to tell his client just yet, so instead, he reopens the case to solve their murders. Along the way, he uncovers secrets and lies involving the dead woman, her circle of acquaintances, and the Irgun, the radical group which worked hard in the pre-Independence era to speed both Jewish entry and British exit from Palestine…violently, if necessary. The tale is competently told. It’s not at the level of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch novels or Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon novels, but it’s good. My first rule for evaluating mysteries is that it must keep me turning pages to see what happens next. Ten Years Gonedid. I look forward to reading the other books in the series. Book Reviewed Jonathan Dunsky, Ten Years Gone: An Adam Lapid Mystery (Charleston, NC: CreateSpace, 2017). P.S. If you found my review helpful, please vote “Yes” on my Amazon.com review page.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jan Rice

    This is the first of a series featuring Adam Lapid, a former Hungarian police detective who has become a private detective in Tel Aviv. He's a camp survivor who lost his wife and daughters in the Holocaust. The year is 1949. The mystery is enjoyable and suspenseful. I did wonder about the aspect of Adam's character whereby an opportunity for violence allows him a peaceful night's sleep sans nightmares. Is that typical of PTSD? If so, I hadn't heard. He has been subjected to trauma and brutality. This is the first of a series featuring Adam Lapid, a former Hungarian police detective who has become a private detective in Tel Aviv. He's a camp survivor who lost his wife and daughters in the Holocaust. The year is 1949. The mystery is enjoyable and suspenseful. I did wonder about the aspect of Adam's character whereby an opportunity for violence allows him a peaceful night's sleep sans nightmares. Is that typical of PTSD? If so, I hadn't heard. He has been subjected to trauma and brutality. Yes, this is a detective story, not to mention a male protagonist, but still ran that through my mind, wondering if it could be true: freed by violence. Fits with Franz Fanon? But the heroes we look up to have other ways of maintaining their humanity. Although, some may be seeking to change that. Possibly a romantic element to that character flaw; also, the ladies whose reaction to him became unchanging and fixed in stone, thus allowing him to avoid the interference of romantic entanglements, thankfully without the author's having to bump off any love interests. I also entertained myself by thinking about the language, which for the most part seems like everyday modern American English -- not withstanding a few anachronisms. I love the verb "morph," but it didn't exist in 1949. (Short for Metamorphose, associated with film and animation, first known use 1982) The author know a lot of the street names in Tel Aviv! And includes history. But I recently read A Tale of Love and Darkness, and despite Jonathan Dunsky's references to the black market, food is too plentiful and housing too available and roomy. But, it's a detective story. I had some idea of how it might end but did fall for false leads he left lying around. Maybe one twist too many at the end. Self-published yet well-edited. The author loves to write. Includes an afterword on how at first he couldn't bring this book to a satisfactory close; went on to several other books and then came back and able to do this. He has a sense of what he wanted and didn't force himself to publish prematurely. I read it right through to the end!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Fischer

    This is my first book by Jonathan Dunsky. I can't praise it enough. There are many twists and turns in this book that keep the reader engaged. The characters are very human, imperfections and all. I definitely recommend this book if you are in to twisty mysteries; however, there is also another I highly recommend this book. It takes place almost 70 years ago in Israel, shortly after the war. The main character, Adam Lipid, has suffered great indignities during his time in Auschwitz. For me, a lo This is my first book by Jonathan Dunsky. I can't praise it enough. There are many twists and turns in this book that keep the reader engaged. The characters are very human, imperfections and all. I definitely recommend this book if you are in to twisty mysteries; however, there is also another I highly recommend this book. It takes place almost 70 years ago in Israel, shortly after the war. The main character, Adam Lipid, has suffered great indignities during his time in Auschwitz. For me, a lot of learning went along with the book. The struggles of Israel and its two different factions. It makes me want to learn more. I rarely give five stars, but this book, in my opinion, deserved it. I've already downloaded his next in the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shira

    This is the first time I've been surprised, after reading a book, to see that it was independently published. Excellent similies and metaphors, especially in the early part of the book, and quite moving. He gave a satisfying ending, and a very nice author's note at the end. I think he also does a very good job of raising a social critique while not making it too much of an issue. Very nicely done. Well worth the read. This is the first time I've been surprised, after reading a book, to see that it was independently published. Excellent similies and metaphors, especially in the early part of the book, and quite moving. He gave a satisfying ending, and a very nice author's note at the end. I think he also does a very good job of raising a social critique while not making it too much of an issue. Very nicely done. Well worth the read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    1939, a mother gives her son away to a beautiful woman about to board a ship, to save him. Awash with grief, she has been trying to find him for ten years. She finally makes it to Israel and hires Adam Lapid, a holocaust survivor with complicated grief of his own - to find the baby. Lots of twists and turns, some political, some good old jealousy and infidelity. A lot of broken people, and yet strength and resilience and deep bonds shine through. Many times in the same person. It was raw and com 1939, a mother gives her son away to a beautiful woman about to board a ship, to save him. Awash with grief, she has been trying to find him for ten years. She finally makes it to Israel and hires Adam Lapid, a holocaust survivor with complicated grief of his own - to find the baby. Lots of twists and turns, some political, some good old jealousy and infidelity. A lot of broken people, and yet strength and resilience and deep bonds shine through. Many times in the same person. It was raw and complicated. But rather good, I would say.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jaqui

    Utterly brilliant. The best crime thriller I have read in two years. I loved this book. It is rare, I have found, that a crime thriller writer can write characters that have depth and dimension and feel real in a genre that is primarily plot driven. Often irritatingly, many are exciting but with characters it is hard to feel any empathy for and with writing that is all tell and not any show. This writer writes so well and has succeeded in bringing to life characters that sing from the pages. He h Utterly brilliant. The best crime thriller I have read in two years. I loved this book. It is rare, I have found, that a crime thriller writer can write characters that have depth and dimension and feel real in a genre that is primarily plot driven. Often irritatingly, many are exciting but with characters it is hard to feel any empathy for and with writing that is all tell and not any show. This writer writes so well and has succeeded in bringing to life characters that sing from the pages. He has welded together a great plot with twists and turns that kept me guessing. The book was absolutely terrific. I loved Adam Lapid. He is a flawed hero who has survived Auschwitz and become a Private Investigator in Israel in the early years of Israel's birth. It's intelligent, thought provoking writing on big questions, the characters are well drawn, the dialogue is great, and I loved the setting and time frame. "This is a great story, Adam," he said grinning " They'll talk about this in the cafes on Dizengoff for weeks. " I've had this book on my kindle for months. I wish now I had leapt to read it earlier.Terrific!! Intricately weaved, politically telling and with a great main character I fell in love with. Recommended. I have already bought the next book in the series. Can't wait to begin reading it. A new favorite writer I think.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michele Carpenter

    A Page Turner The only reason I didn't read this book straight through is because I had to recharge my Kindle battery. Best detective story I've read in years. Good writing style, characters, and plot. Can't wait to read next book in the series, which will be today. A Page Turner The only reason I didn't read this book straight through is because I had to recharge my Kindle battery. Best detective story I've read in years. Good writing style, characters, and plot. Can't wait to read next book in the series, which will be today.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hermien

    A well constructed mystery with likeable characters set in Tel Aviv in the late 1940s. I'm looking forward to the other books in the series. A well constructed mystery with likeable characters set in Tel Aviv in the late 1940s. I'm looking forward to the other books in the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    What a terrific mystery. I Really enjoyed this page-turner though parts were pretty dark, and the violence, well let's just say i skipped over a beating or two. What a terrific mystery. I Really enjoyed this page-turner though parts were pretty dark, and the violence, well let's just say i skipped over a beating or two.

  10. 4 out of 5

    debra L

    Finished this yesterday. Good read. Nice change from what I've been reading and certainly kept my attention. Quite a few characters to keep track of (found it interesting that this male author always went into head to toe description of what a character looked like and clothes they were wearing on first introduction) . Plenty of plot twists and I like his afterward description of how the book came about. Will likely pick up another of his books down the line. A good choice and new exposure to an Finished this yesterday. Good read. Nice change from what I've been reading and certainly kept my attention. Quite a few characters to keep track of (found it interesting that this male author always went into head to toe description of what a character looked like and clothes they were wearing on first introduction) . Plenty of plot twists and I like his afterward description of how the book came about. Will likely pick up another of his books down the line. A good choice and new exposure to an author I was unaware of.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    Like the detective, Adam Lapid, I’m losing sleep. But the problem is that I’ve been binge reading the last two nights in order to read the first two books of the series. And I’m afraid I’ll read late tonight as well. I lived in Israel 21 years after these books take place, but parts of it still feel true to my memory. I know Yafo well because my sister lives there. Many of the streets he mention I’ve walked down within the last year. Having said all this, these books are original and bear no rese Like the detective, Adam Lapid, I’m losing sleep. But the problem is that I’ve been binge reading the last two nights in order to read the first two books of the series. And I’m afraid I’ll read late tonight as well. I lived in Israel 21 years after these books take place, but parts of it still feel true to my memory. I know Yafo well because my sister lives there. Many of the streets he mention I’ve walked down within the last year. Having said all this, these books are original and bear no resemblance to the Israel I know today. They are noir in the same way that Sam Spade is noir, dark and honorable, romantic and brutal, all at the same time. Lapid struggles with some of his choices, and hates his desire for violence which is over-matched by his desire for justice. Today we live in a world of corruption and evil on a much larger scale than the human-sized corruption and evil described in these books, and our heroes are relatively much smaller. Part of the appeal of these books for me is the same appeal that westerns have for the detective: the problems are dealt with expeditiously; there is an answer to the problems and everything is completed by the final page. However, the author never lets us forget the inexplicable desire to destroy others that seems to be part of human nature so far.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Ten Years Gone is an Adam Lapid mystery by Jonathan Dunsky. Dunsky’s novels are riveting. He has a way of writing that draws you in and refuses to let go until you finished the book. They are well-written and although complicated, the mystery is such that if you pay attention to all the clues, you can figure out the end before you read it. Adam Lapid is a Holocaust survivor. He survived Auschwitz and although he lost his wife and daughters, he is still thankful for his life and return to the liv Ten Years Gone is an Adam Lapid mystery by Jonathan Dunsky. Dunsky’s novels are riveting. He has a way of writing that draws you in and refuses to let go until you finished the book. They are well-written and although complicated, the mystery is such that if you pay attention to all the clues, you can figure out the end before you read it. Adam Lapid is a Holocaust survivor. He survived Auschwitz and although he lost his wife and daughters, he is still thankful for his life and return to the living. Although it has been ten years since they have been gone, he hasn’t forgotten a single thing about them. He left Hungary and came to Israel where he fought for independence. Instead of returning to his profession as a police officer, he has chosen to go the route of a private investigator. Henrietta Ackerland has come to him asking him to find her son. Ten years ago, as she and her family were being collected for the roundup in her hometown, she managed to give her son to a school classmate who was leaving Hungary for Israel. Esther Greunewald agreed to take young Willie to Israel and care for him until Henrietta could get there. She made one of those choiceless choices to save her son. She had already lost his father. Henrietta then spent six weeks looking for her husband who had disappeared and then she went to Frankfurt and went into hiding in the open. Her blond hair and blue eyes definitely helped her. After the war, she managed to get on a ship for Israel but was stopped by the British and kept in a camp on Cyprus. Finally, two months ago, she made it to Israel and started looking for Esther. She had found no sign of them. The police were of no help either. Adam takes the job and sets out to find out what he can although he is sure he will find that Esther and Willie are no longer among the living. He tried to tell Henrietta that but she refuser to listen. Adam’s hunt leads to a hunt for a murderer as well. Will he have any luck finding the baby, now an 11-year-old?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Slowinski

    A survivor of the Shoah, Adam Lapid immigrated to Israel, working as a private detective. Tasked with a seemingly hopeless case, Lapid has a soft spot for a mother seeking her missing son. He finds himself attempting to untangle a web of secrets, lies, and deception that could put him in mortal danger. This is the first book in a seven book series and I’m looking forward to reading more from Dunsky. The execution of this PI mystery is excellent. Dunsky brings exceptional depth to his cast of cha A survivor of the Shoah, Adam Lapid immigrated to Israel, working as a private detective. Tasked with a seemingly hopeless case, Lapid has a soft spot for a mother seeking her missing son. He finds himself attempting to untangle a web of secrets, lies, and deception that could put him in mortal danger. This is the first book in a seven book series and I’m looking forward to reading more from Dunsky. The execution of this PI mystery is excellent. Dunsky brings exceptional depth to his cast of characters. They seem to leap off the page as if real. The setting of this book is very interesting with the state of Israel still in conception and infancy. The history of the time, along with the very messy politics, is almost a character unto itself. The book is clearly well researched. I am looking forward to continuing in this series. If the other books in this series are as well presented as this one, Dunksy has created a bingeable series I very much look forward to indulging in.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Adam Lipid is a private detective in Israel, 1949. Adam lost his entire family in Auschwitz, fought for the creation of Israel and is now looking for a boy who's mother put him in the arms of another some ten years before. Adam is haunted by nightmares and is rarely able to sleep the night through. Strength, resilience and tenacity allow Adam to doggedly follow each lead he comes across to locate this boy. I loved the writing which brought the characters and their country to life as well as the Adam Lipid is a private detective in Israel, 1949. Adam lost his entire family in Auschwitz, fought for the creation of Israel and is now looking for a boy who's mother put him in the arms of another some ten years before. Adam is haunted by nightmares and is rarely able to sleep the night through. Strength, resilience and tenacity allow Adam to doggedly follow each lead he comes across to locate this boy. I loved the writing which brought the characters and their country to life as well as the anguish of their suffering. This is no cheezy detective story but one worthy of being made into a movie and I will definitely continue with the rest of the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Donna Herrick

    Hurrah! A new author, a new detective, a new series of historical detective fiction. Sue Grafton produced the longest series of mysteries by developing a fabulous character, Kinsey Milhone, who lived amongst a milieu of sympathetic supporters whom we all loved. Dunsky's Adam Lapid is a compelling character, with a damaged past that he alternately hides from, relies upon, and rejects. Barabara Cleverly reveals the world of the British Empire after WWI through her Detective Joe Sandilands. To under Hurrah! A new author, a new detective, a new series of historical detective fiction. Sue Grafton produced the longest series of mysteries by developing a fabulous character, Kinsey Milhone, who lived amongst a milieu of sympathetic supporters whom we all loved. Dunsky's Adam Lapid is a compelling character, with a damaged past that he alternately hides from, relies upon, and rejects. Barabara Cleverly reveals the world of the British Empire after WWI through her Detective Joe Sandilands. To understand the demise of royalty and the changing role of women in society in the 1920s is greatly aided by observing characters in fiction, the author can probe the dilemmas that people faced during a transition and how they acted in the face of those dilemmas. Our compassion today can be bolstered by understandings that we gleam from historical fiction novels. Dunsky has set his novels in Israel in the period following the War for Independence. Today we look upon Israel with a sense of sympathy for the peril that they live in, a sense of admiration for having developed such a strong country out of meager resources in such a short time, and a sense of frustration at their inability to address the injustices done to Arab residents of that land. In Ten Years Gone Dunsky begins to show us the character of Israel and Tel Aviv in 1949, two years after the War of Independence. Israel is receiving refugees from all over Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Food is scarce. Israel is filled with people of desperation and determination, hope and sorrow. The third author that I will compare Dunsky to is Sara Andrews, author of the Em Hansen, forensic geologist series. Andrews was a whiz at illuminating an aspect of geology, tying it to a locality, and then weaving the mystery through the geology. One of my favorites was about detecting forged paintings through pigments and how those pigments tied to the rocks in Chugwater, Wyoming Dunsky is taking the politics and the events of the era and weaving his mystery around. In Ten Years Gone he opens us up to learning about the Irgun, and about the conflict between Menachim Begin and David Ben-Gurion. I am hoping that Dunsky weaves as many tales as Grafton and enlightens us as much as Andrews and Cleverly, and continues to entertain us with his character Adam Lapid has he uses his strength and fights his demons.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Evonne

    What a fun read! Adam Lapid, an Auchwitz survivor and, before that, Hungarian police detective, is hired to find a Jewish woman's son five years after WWII in the newly established nation of Israel. He finds the boy has been murdered, but there's more.... and he's going to dig it all up to get the answer to every question. He meets all kinds of characters in post-war Israel, and is caught up in the swirling current of a dozen or so implicated lives. The cast is appealing, and you can tell right a What a fun read! Adam Lapid, an Auchwitz survivor and, before that, Hungarian police detective, is hired to find a Jewish woman's son five years after WWII in the newly established nation of Israel. He finds the boy has been murdered, but there's more.... and he's going to dig it all up to get the answer to every question. He meets all kinds of characters in post-war Israel, and is caught up in the swirling current of a dozen or so implicated lives. The cast is appealing, and you can tell right away which ones will be returning in the rest of the series, and which are staying inside the pages of Ten Years Gone. It's good though - it created a kind of family feel. I wanted to meet up with some again, and was happy to find some left behind. The style is very much true to the detective genre, and Adam Lapid is very much the classic wounded and closed detective who just wants to make the world a better place maybe in order to quell his own demons. He's a cliche, but a very likeable one. I read it on a plane both going and coming on a weekend trip - it was the perfect length; it held my attention; it left me smiling. Recommended.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Adams

    Was not disappointed I enjoyed Ten Years Gone very much. It read at a nice pace and it held my interest from beginning to end. I really liked the main protagonist, Adam Lapid. He’s a good man with a tragic past. He believes in justice and will do his best to find it for those deserve it. He has a bit of darkness inside him (I believe we all have a bit) but you only see it when it’s absolutely necessary and, in my opinion, warranted. I liked that the story took place in the past; it’s nice to tra Was not disappointed I enjoyed Ten Years Gone very much. It read at a nice pace and it held my interest from beginning to end. I really liked the main protagonist, Adam Lapid. He’s a good man with a tragic past. He believes in justice and will do his best to find it for those deserve it. He has a bit of darkness inside him (I believe we all have a bit) but you only see it when it’s absolutely necessary and, in my opinion, warranted. I liked that the story took place in the past; it’s nice to travel back to another time; I have been reading books lately, some fiction and nonfiction, that have taken place in and around WWII and the Holocaust; I have learned a lot. I also appreciated that the story took place in Israel; I enjoyed looking up the places mentioned in the story like Moghrabi Theater and Zion Square and learning what tehine is. I’ve always wanted to visit Israel and our church takes groups there a couple of times a year but my husband and I can’t afford to go; maybe someday. Anyway, I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Hamilton

    excellent. well written. dynamic. this book was recommended and totally worth it. draws you in from the first line and holds you til the last word. well researched in a time period i love, drawing the reader to the anomie of Post WWII world with all the color and soul i have found in Remarque. Well worth the read. i am voracious and sort of like the bookseller in the book who READS everything though in this day and age of people only reading People , i would brag that i have read 1,000s of books excellent. well written. dynamic. this book was recommended and totally worth it. draws you in from the first line and holds you til the last word. well researched in a time period i love, drawing the reader to the anomie of Post WWII world with all the color and soul i have found in Remarque. Well worth the read. i am voracious and sort of like the bookseller in the book who READS everything though in this day and age of people only reading People , i would brag that i have read 1,000s of books in my lifetime. it is a passion. btw, i did not put the book down til i finished. at my age, i can do this.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Impossible to put down! I was hooked on this book from the beginning. First of all, I loved Adam. He was a very well written character. Devastated by the loss of his family, but still determined to carry on and help a woman he barely knew. There were enough twists and turns to keep me hooked. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Moisio

    Excellent Book This book kept me engaged throughout. I did not see the end coming, there were some many Threads that I did not see where this would end. I will read the next one and the next........

  21. 5 out of 5

    Angela Hammond

    A deeply moving story The best thing about Ten Years Gone is the main character Adam. The reader feels his emotions intensely. There is not much action until 2/3s into the book, but the history of the beginning of Israel and the characters involved are facinating.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    Find a woman's son How does Adam find a boy given to a woman to smuggle out of Germany 10 years ago? This is the engrossing story Adam tells with many twist and turns that I never saw coming. Find a woman's son How does Adam find a boy given to a woman to smuggle out of Germany 10 years ago? This is the engrossing story Adam tells with many twist and turns that I never saw coming.

  23. 5 out of 5

    June Robinson

    Good read Couldn't give 5 stars because his next book may be better so reserving a star for future reads. Enjoyed reading. Kept me interested throughout. Characters well drawn with plenty of depth. June Good read Couldn't give 5 stars because his next book may be better so reserving a star for future reads. Enjoyed reading. Kept me interested throughout. Characters well drawn with plenty of depth. June

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    Very Good History and a good tale......Can't think of a better combination. Site requires 10 more words than the line above.. Why? Very Good History and a good tale......Can't think of a better combination. Site requires 10 more words than the line above.. Why?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Nau

    I’d rate this 2.5 stars. It took the author several years to compete the book and it felt rushed at the end. But it did hold my interest in general.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carol Catinari

    The first in a series ... a Holocaust survivor turned private detective in the years following WWII... in the newly formed State of Israel. Interesting premise and interesting narration.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Judie

    The time: 1949 The Place: Israel World War II is over. Israel has become an independent state after the British, who were controlling the country and preventing Jewish immigration left and the Israeli military defeated the Arab armies which tried to destroy the newly declared state. Adam Lapid, formerly a Hungarian police officer who had been a prisoner in Auschwitz where his wife and children were gassed, came to Israel and heroically fought the Arabs. He decided to become a private investigator The time: 1949 The Place: Israel World War II is over. Israel has become an independent state after the British, who were controlling the country and preventing Jewish immigration left and the Israeli military defeated the Arab armies which tried to destroy the newly declared state. Adam Lapid, formerly a Hungarian police officer who had been a prisoner in Auschwitz where his wife and children were gassed, came to Israel and heroically fought the Arabs. He decided to become a private investigator based in Tel Aviv. While seated in his favorite hangout, a small restaurant, he was approached by Henrietta Ackerland. Originally from Germany, she had arrived in Israel two months previously with a mission. She hadn’t seen her son, Willie, since February 1939. Her husband had been arrested during Kristallnacht. It was not safe for Jews after that but she couldn’t leave the country without him. She was, however, able to convince a schoolmate Esther Grunewald, who was immigrating to Israel, to take Willie, then six weeks old, with her. Henrietta would follow soon to claim him. But she hadn’t heard from them since then and could find no sign of either Esther or Willie. Adam reluctantly agreed to look for them but believed that after ten years and no word, they were no longer alive. It didn’t take much time for him to discover that both Esther and William were able to get through the British blockade and using different names, had been savagely murdered. Driven by his personal experiences, Adam is determined to find out why they were killed and by whom. Adam was able to trace and talk to many people who had known Esther but “the first problem was that there were too many lies and withheld truths, and too many people guilty of one or both.” His short list of suspects kept changing. TEN YEARS GONE provides a brief history of Israel shortly after its founding, especially political division during and after the founding of the country. Like many detective stories, there is a lot of violence and severe beatings don’t stop Adam from his hunt. He himself is a violent man, motivated by his own background and memories and desire for revenge. There are brief, vivid descriptions of the neighborhoods and people and Dunsky has an interesting way with words: “a face rich with poor features .” While he does rehash some information, he avoids excessively repeating details. The story is somewhat convoluted but believable. The characters are well developed and human. The ending is unexpected. TEN YEARS GONE is an excellent read for the story, history, characters, and writing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    George P.

    Ten Years Gonebrings together three things I love: Israel, mystery, and sequels. It is the first of four novels by Jonathan Dunsky featuring Adam Lapid, a private detective in post-Independence Tel Aviv. (By first, I mean that the events it narrates come first in the series. It was actually written third.) Having completed it, I’m already on to the next novel, The Dead Sister. Lapid was a Jewish police detective in Hungary before World War II. His wife and children didn’t survive Auschwitz, but h Ten Years Gonebrings together three things I love: Israel, mystery, and sequels. It is the first of four novels by Jonathan Dunsky featuring Adam Lapid, a private detective in post-Independence Tel Aviv. (By first, I mean that the events it narrates come first in the series. It was actually written third.) Having completed it, I’m already on to the next novel, The Dead Sister. Lapid was a Jewish police detective in Hungary before World War II. His wife and children didn’t survive Auschwitz, but he did. After the Allies liberated Buchenwald, he stayed in Europe for a time, hunting down former Nazi officers and meting out vengeance. Then he immigrated to Palestine, joined the Haganah, and fought heroically in the War of Independence. After the war, he took up private detecting on the streets of Tel Aviv. In that capacity, a German Jewess who was able to pass herself off as Gentile during the war comes to him with a request. In 1939, she had sent her son ahead with a friend to Palestine, hoping soon to follow in their steps. That didn’t happen. Ten years later, she can’t find either the woman or her son, so she hires Lapid to do so. The problem? Both the woman and the boy were murdered in 1939. Lapid doesn’t have the heart to tell his client just yet, so instead, he reopens the case to solve their murders. Along the way, he uncovers secrets and lies involving the dead woman, her circle of acquaintances, and the Irgun, the radical group which worked hard in the pre-Independence era to speed both Jewish entry and British exit from Palestine…violently, if necessary. The tale is competently told. It’s not at the level of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch novels or Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon novels, but it’s good. My first rule for evaluating mysteries is that it must keep me turning pages to see what happens next. Ten Years Gonedid. I look forward to reading the other books in the series. Book Reviewed Jonathan Dunsky, Ten Years Gone: An Adam Lapid Mystery (Charleston, NC: CreateSpace, 2017). P.S. If you found my review helpful, please vote “Yes” on my Amazon.com review page.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ann Haehn

    Ten Years Gone popped up as I was browsing through Kindle Unlimited choices. I haven't read mystery books for a lot of years, although I've been trying to get back into that genre. I'm highly critical of writing style and will toss a book out if the writing is terrible, no matter how good the plot. We're not reading high literature with Dunsky, but his writing is tight and the plot moves with sufficient action. Characters are well developed, although I had to suspend reality about the character Ten Years Gone popped up as I was browsing through Kindle Unlimited choices. I haven't read mystery books for a lot of years, although I've been trying to get back into that genre. I'm highly critical of writing style and will toss a book out if the writing is terrible, no matter how good the plot. We're not reading high literature with Dunsky, but his writing is tight and the plot moves with sufficient action. Characters are well developed, although I had to suspend reality about the character Michael and his motivations and actions. What Michael did just didn't ring as plausible and I wish Dunsky had worked a bit more on the denouement. Also, I guessed fairly early on about what really happened to Willie Ackerland. Don't want to write too much here because then I'd have to add a spoiler alert. At any rate, dialogue and narration for the most part held my attention (there were some scenes that didn't resonate with me as a woman, but they are easily overlooked). What I really liked was the setting (Tel Aviv) and Dunsky's descriptions of Israel as a young country. I use to travel to Tel Aviv for work, and I felt I was right back there while reading Ten Years Gone. Net-net, I recommend Ten Years Gone, and I've downloaded the other three books in the series. Starting The Dead Sister tonight.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    Always great to find a new mystery series, and the Adam Lapid Mysteries get off to a strong start with Ten Years Gone. The setting is Tel Aviv in 1949. Israel is newly independent, and the nation is flooded with Holocaust survivors. One of them is Adam Lapid, who was formerly a Hungarian police officer, and now works as a private investigator. He has secrets. As does everyone else he encounters. The chief cause of this book's success is the location, both place and time. Dunsky makes Tel Aviv com Always great to find a new mystery series, and the Adam Lapid Mysteries get off to a strong start with Ten Years Gone. The setting is Tel Aviv in 1949. Israel is newly independent, and the nation is flooded with Holocaust survivors. One of them is Adam Lapid, who was formerly a Hungarian police officer, and now works as a private investigator. He has secrets. As does everyone else he encounters. The chief cause of this book's success is the location, both place and time. Dunsky makes Tel Aviv come alive with skilful touches of authenticity. The characters are sharply drawn (Lapid is terrific, and easily keeps the reader's interest as the central figure). My only criticism is a mild one; at a certain point it becomes obvious that there is a red herring, but it is a great red herring, and even brought a certain amount of relief to a harrowing story. Other than that, this book was flawless, and I look forward to the next in the series. Recommended.

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