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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: The Friday Project (27 Mar 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0007524404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007524402
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anya Lipska is married to a Pole who lived under Communism before coming to Britain in the early Eighties. "I could dimly recall seeing newsreel footage of men with Solidarnosc banners at dockyard gates," says Anya. "But his first-hand experience of living relatively recently under a repressive regime fascinated me. It was this that inspired me to write my first novel which, although rooted firmly in contemporary London has a plot that harks back to Poland's Solidarity era. It took me about a year to research it alongside the day job."

Originally trained as a journalist, Anya now writes and produces documentaries and drama documentaries. She has worked on an eclectic range of programmes from Panorama to Scrapheap Challenge, with a rich mix of subject matter, from Leonardo da Vinci to plane crashes, paleo-anthropology to Italian gardens with Monty Don. "I consider myself incredibly lucky to have such an interesting job," says Anya, 'It keeps me buzzing with ideas that I can work into my fiction. Having said that, there's nothing better than getting a few weeks off to write. I always look forward to the research phase of a novel, but nothing matches the excitement of creating characters and weaving plot."

Anya's first book "Where the Devil Can't Go" is being published in Germany (in German) by Random House. It is independently published as an ebook in the UK where it has won many plaudits. Lipska is a pen name since, as Anya says "My real surname is impossible to pronounce..."

The book's website is wherethedevilcantgo.com and Anya writes an occasional blog on The Literary Platform: http://tinyurl.com/6jhjku8 You can also follow Anya Lipska on Twitter.

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A Red Magazine BEST CRIME READ OF 2014

'Gripping.'
– VAL McDERMID

'A taut twisty narrative with a fantastic pay-off.'
– PAUL FINCH

‘Crime fiction at its best – great characters, great plot, great read.’
– JAMES CRAIG, author of London Calling

‘Where the Devil Can't Go marked Anya Lipska out as a crime writer of bravura skills, and this latest book continues her upward trajectory. An edgy, visceral vision of modern London, Death Can’t Take a Joke boasts complex protagonists, pungently realised locales and a keen social awareness.'
– BARRY FORSHAW, author of Euro Noir – The Pocket Essential Guide to European Crime Fiction

'Pacy & enthralling, with Janusz already one of the best protagonists in the business.'
– MALCOLM McKAY, author of The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter

About the Author

Originally trained as a journalist, Anya now writes and produces documentaries and drama documentaries. She has worked on an eclectic range of programmes from Panorama to Scrapheap Challenge, with a rich mix of subject matter, from Leonardo da Vinci to plane crashes, paleo-anthropology to Italian gardens with Monty Don.

Lipska was chosen by Val McDermid for the prestigious New Blood Panel at the 2013 Harrogate Crime Festival. Her second in the series promises another intelligent yet gripping detective thriller and a glimpse into the hidden world of London’s Polish community.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Kirkpatrick on 25 April 2014
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Anya Lipska’s compelling sequel to “Where The Devil Can’t Go” demonstrates that she is fast building what the marketeers like to refer to as a “brand” for herself. In simple terms it means she’s a damn good writer.

The intricate plot interweaves a number of story threads, reuniting the characters of Janusz Kiska and DC Natalie Kershaw. The chemistry between Kiska and Kershaw is carefully constructed and beautifully weighted. Lipska writes the nuanced dialogue with real skill, and Kiska’s dour grumpiness provides a counterpoint to his muscular approach to detecting. He also gets some of the best dialogue, particularly when in conversation with his dodgy Polish compatriot Oskar.

The plot is complex and multi-layered, constructed with a number of false starts and dead ends so that the reader is kept guessing nearly as much as the protagonists. The denouement is both brilliantly set-up and executed, with more than a hint of Thomas Harris.

Lipska excels at creating believable minor characters with strong individual voices. I was a little disappointed that Kiska’s complicated love-interest Kasia [one time exotic dancer now running a nail-bar] didn’t get to make an appearance, apart from a brief text message. I thought she was one of Lipska’s great inventions from “Devil”, and I hope that she may return in the next book.

I was privileged enough to hear Anya speak at a Polish Crime Night a few months ago, organised by Magda Raczynska of The Polish Cultural Institute at Belgravia Books in Victoria. Anya shared a platform with another of my literary heroes William Brodrick, author of the Father Anselm books. They both spoke eloquently about their work and each performed a brief reading from their current WiP.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 April 2014
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This splendid second novel by Anya Lipska confirms the undoubted talent
displayed in her excellent debut novel 'Where the Devil Can Go'.
It again features the engaging Detective Constable Natalie Kershaw ,and
the Polish Londoner,and private investigator ,Janusz Kiszka.
When Janusz's English drinking pal( with a Polish wife) is murdered in
East London,he starts his own investigations to find the culprit.Meanwhile
Kershaw is involved in an seeming suicide in Canary Wharf,when she is
moved to the murder squad,and her path starts to cross with Janusz as
they are investigating the same murder.
The plot ,which takes us to Poland for a while,is tough and pacy.The narrative
is often witty,and the characters are well drawn,holding one's interest.
A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JSC on 16 Jun 2014
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I enjoyed Lipska’s first novel, WHERE THE DEVIL CAN'T GO, but this, her second in the Kiszka and Kershaw saga, shows a maturity of writing. With her first novel, it’s as if she stepped into a well-made new pair of shoes but, now, they're broken in, the leather soft and supple.

What makes Lipska’s stories are her characters—from the main characters to the minor players, like Oskar, Kiszka’s affable and well-meaning friend. While I like the Kershaw character, I just love Kiszka. He’s a good person, with a big heart, but can be “bad” when necessary.

I recently read an interview of Lipska’s in which she discusses writing about a culture (in this case the Polish immigrants living in London) that she’s not directly a part of. She plays down the old adage that writers must write what they know. I think she’s correct for writers as well as readers. Who wants to always read about the familiar? Better to learn something new.

This story had some great twists. As with the first novel, I thought I had it all figure out, but I didn’t.

I’m looking forward to the next adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WickedLittleImp on 15 July 2014
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We are back with Kiszka and Kershaw again, in another story of crime, murder and intrigue.

When one of his best-friends is killed in what appears to be a random attack, Janusk is pulled in for questioning as he was supposed to meet Jim the same day. When he is released, he sets out to find the people responsible for Jim's death.

DC Natalie Kershaw is having a coffee break on her last day at the local nick, when a man commits suicide off the top of Canary Wharf. Being the first on scene, she refuses to leave the case unsolved and so has to work on that case as well as finding her feet in the new police station that she was transferring to. She is also trying to solve Jim's murder and a suspicious hanging of a known paedophile, along with moving in with her boyfriend, fellow police officer Ben.

With a strange connection between the Canary Wharf jumper and a dodgy Polish gangster with ties to a Polish airline, Kiszka and Kershaw are going to be working the same case from different angles again as neither of them know that both of their cases are connected.

Dodgy gangsters, stunning women who could be supermodels, a best friend who gets into some seriously funny and sometimes hazardous situations and some relationship turmoil thrown in. This is a fantastic follow-on to Where the Devil can't go.

The author has written a wonderful tale, it has more twists and turns than a roller-coaster ride. There is a serious twist at the end that you definitely don't see coming. Plus you learn bits and pieces of a new language and get some great cooking ideas, or at least I did.
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