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Grain of Truth, A (Polish State Prosecutor Szacki Investigates) [Paperback]

Zygmunt Miloszewski
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13 Sep 2012 Polish State Prosecutor Szacki Investigates
The new, long-awaited second crime novel featuring Teodor Szacki. It is spring 2009, and the prosecutor is no longer working in Warsaw - he has said goodbye to his family and to his career in the capital and moved to Sandomierz, a picturesque town full of churches and museums. Hoping to start a 'brave new life', Szacki instead finds himself investigating a strange murder case in surroundings both alien and unfriendly. Szacki cannot avoid considering that these crimes could be a form of retribution by a Jewish madman, but could this be a false trail laid by the murderer?

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  • Paperback: 267 pages
  • Publisher: BITTER LEMON PRESS (13 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908524022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908524027
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR ENTANGLEMENT (978-1904738-442) "Miloszewski takes an engaging look at modern Polish society in this stellar first in a new series starring Warsaw prosecutor Teodor Szacki. Readers will want to see more of the complex, sympathetic Szacki." Publishers Weekly "ENTANGLEMENT has everything I want from a thriller. It opens with a murder and quickly develops into a fast-moving and tightly plotted whodunit with a host of colourful characters and vivid descriptions of contemporary Cracow. But it's the unsatisfactory personal life and emotional turmoil of its hero, State Prosecutor Teodor Szacki that steal centre stage." Oxford Times

About the Author

Zygmunt MiAoszewski, was born in Warsaw in 1975. His first novel, The Intercom, was published in 2005 to high acclaim. In 2006 he published The Adder Mountains, in 2010 the crime novel 'Entanglement' and this year its sequel, 'A Grain of Truth'.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zygmunt Miloszewski--A Grain of Truth 16 Oct 2012
By Simon Clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This splendid novel is the sequel to 'Entanglement,and whilst that
book was good,this is better.
It again features Polish State Prosecutor,Teodor Szacki,whose marriage
has broken down,and he has moved ,on his own,from Warsaw,to the historic,
beautiful town of Sandomierz,where everyone seems to know the 'goings-on'
of everyone else. He is called upon to investigate the horrific murder of
a local female,whose body has been drained of blood.The apparent similarity
to a ritual Jewish slaughter influences the search for the murderer,and triggers
a wave of anti-semitism,that is stirred up by myths from Polish history.
The novel has all the ingredients one looks for in crime fiction.The intuitive,
determined,and highly libinious Szacki is fully engaging,the plot is full of
suspense and surprise.Further,the excellent translation means that the humour
and wit is not lost,and the topicality gives the reader a fascinating glimpse of Poland.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Attracted to all things Polish (well, almost) since marrying a Polish woman, I picked up this book and, tempted by the blurb on the back, gave it a go.

The story is of rather stern and slightly vain Prosecutor Teodor Szacki (kind of like a Chief Inspector in an English detective novel) now living in the small city of Sandomierz after leaving big-city Warsaw under a marital cloud. Who better though to investigate a brutal murder in the centre of a town more used to more minor crimes? Despite a rocky start (his, not the book's) he's soon following the trail of a serial killer with major overtones of an anti-semitic past. As well as discovering hidden truths and breaking a few stereotypes in the process he begins to fit in with the small(er) town operations as well as dipping his toes into romance.

It's an exciting book with interesting characters and an increasing tempo as they close in on the killer. History is brought up and an interesting history too. Now, having not having read the first book I'm going to have to go back and buy it. The religious aspect (is the killer a Jew, or someone stirring up hatred for Jews in a deeply Catholic country?) does make me think a bit of the Dragon Tattoo but the only other similarity is the need to turn to the next page to see what's happened. It's an easy book to read too - apart from the odd Polish name that's hard to wrap your brain around.

One other thing I noticed - the superb translation by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. On many occasions when I was reading large impressive tracts of speech from a character (usually the Prosecutor) I was impressed by not only what was said but by how it was said in English. Terms that I wouldn't normally bring up, quirky and distinctly English words which imply not only a fantastic grip of Polish but of English too - something you don't often get in translations. I'm no English expert but I know enough to recognise it when I read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Second in the series 22 April 2013
By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER
"A Grain of Truth", by Polish author Zygmunt Miloszewski, is the second in his Teodor Szacki series. Set in Poland, Szaki is a Warsaw-born state prosecutor, who after his personal life takes a hit in Warsaw, moves to a beautiful town, Sandomierz, to "start over". He brings, along with his battered feelings, his well-earned reputation as a crime-solver. And there are some real crimes to be solved in the city of Sandomierz.

Sandomierz is located in southeast Poland and is a real city with a rather interesting history. It was the home, before WW2, of a fairly large Jewish population and a visitor can find today remnants of that society. Most of the Jews of Sandomierz and the surrounding area were killed by the German occupiers, and the complicity of the native Polish Catholic has been questioned in the past 70 years. Certainly, the few Jewish survivors who returned after the war were not welcomed home by the Polish Catholics who had, in many cases, appropriated their homes and businesses. That's a different story from the three murders that occur in the city in 2008 that Szaki and his joint legal/police team are charged with solving. But the problems of the past directly affect the crimes of today, as Teodor Szaki discovers.

Sandomierz, the real place, is home to a real church with anti-Semitic art work on the walls. One large picture shows medieval Jews engaging in blood lust; killing Christians for their blood in rather horrifying ways. Another large picture shows 365 days of the year and the ghastly deaths of saints on each day. This blood-libel myth, combined with murders of three Polish Catholics, sends Szaki looking in directions not normally indicated in a murder investigation. All three murders were done in ways that would indicate a Jewish killer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gran of Truth - LOVED IT 8 Mar 2013
By Rose
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I found it very interesting and exciting to read, to the poing where for the first time I was happy when going to the tube and could read (I usually hate it).
Really likes the topis the book deals with, as well as how it's written.
Looking forward to buy the next one!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring 5 Aug 2013
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This book and the storyline is boring. Three quarters through and many yawns I came to conclusion the author used 'adventures' of Szacki, the Prosecutor, as a convenient background to express his own personal opinions and as such very subjective. This is possibly the reason the story is neglected by Miklaszewski because he was concentrated on something else than entertaining the reader with good crime story. To me it was waste of money and the book landed in the bin where it belonged.
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