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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 15 November 2011
This author is amazing. I have read all of his works (in English translation) to date. All outstanding reads.
He investigates the darker side of human nature, in true bete noire style - his gothic stories set between the world wars of last century.
An unlikely hero character manifests himself in Eberhard Mock.
Exotic themes, twisted perverse story-lines, high drama, horrific, gross crimes.
Aristocracy, intellectuals, the misplaced, immigrants, perverts, deviants, paupers, lowlifes reign.
This particular novel starts rather slowly before hitting the accelerator,becoming a real page turner - ripping through love, hate, family ties, friendships, murder, crime, corruption, prostitution, orgies, paranormal, occult, betrayal and almost the whole gambit of sexual preferences/practises.
Mock is the anti-hero - one of the 'real' heroes of all time.
Take time out, check out this author, read his works and be transported to a time and place where anything goes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The First World War has only finished the year before but Breslau (modern day Wroclaw), is about to find that even without war there is still unrest, bitterness and killing. Eberhard Mock is being taken off of his duties with Vice, to help the Murder Commission investigate a particularly gruesome killing. Four men found with broken bones, their eyes gouged out, and wearing just sailor hats and leather thongs are found in the open, with a note to Mock. As Mock joins the team with his trusted sergeant, Kurt Smolorz, it soon becomes apparent that when Mock interviews someone they turn up dead, with the same challenge left for Mock.

Being pulled off the case and sent back to Vice, what can Mock do? Being the ruthless Eberhard Mock, there is only one thing to do - tackle the case without the sanction of his superiors. Once again Breslau is brought meticulously to life as we follow along on this dark and disturbing case. Mock may be already suffering sleepless nights, but worse is to come. As we go back to 1919 Breslau we are taken into the world of the demi-monde, along with charlatans, conspiracies, the occult, and madness. Mock definitely has to have his wits about him as he tries to outwit his adversary, but who is pulling the strings?

Once again Marek Krajewski has produced a story that is dark, disturbing and gritty, and most definitely makes for a compelling read. One of the reasons this story is so enthralling is in the way that Krajewski shows us the contrasts between old thoughts and beliefs, versus newer ones i.e. occultism and the newer psycho-analysis. If you want to take a walk on the dark side of life, then Mock will take you there in his investigations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is the third Eberhard Mock Investigation, following on from Death in Breslau: An Eberhard Mock Investigation and End of the World in Breslau: An Eberhard Mock Investigation. If you have read the first two books in this dark, noir series, you will know what to expect by now. It is September 1919 and Criminal Assistant Eberhard Mock has been called in to investigate a crime. Four sailors have been found dead in a violent and terrible manner. What is more, there is a note written to Mock asking him to "admit your mistake". As the investigation continues, it seems that anyone Mock questions is targeted by the killer and more messages are addressed to him directly. What does the killer blame Mock for and can he solve the crime before there are more murders?

As Mock himself admits, "defensive pessimism is the best attitude" and he is certainly one of the great anti-heroes. In this book, Breslau itself is almost a character, as Mock stumbles around in it's tenements, brothels and bars. There are cults, violence, drugs, the dispossessed and the damaged in this book - none more so than Mock himself. If you want to read on the next book in the series is The Minotaur's Head: An Eberhard Mock Investigation. Assuming you have come this far already, I feel you will be unable to resist continuing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2011
If you've read any of the other books in this series then you'll know what to expect.
Well written/translated, very dark and atmospheric with a real sense of period (I assume, not having been there or then).
Any problems with the book lie with the publisher. The text is quite small and cramped and the font is not the easiest to read though there are fewer typos than previous volumes. And as for the cover photo! The book is set in 1919 not 1959.
It's also worth being aware that we are going backwards in time. I'm not sure if it is the order of translation or writing but each volume is set before the previous one.
Anyhow, well worth a read if you like noir but prefer European to American.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 14 November 2014
4 sailors have been sadistically killed and a message is left for Eberhard Mock at the crime scene. What follows is a walk on the seamier side of post war Germany, a world full of prostitutes, poverty and all kinds of outlandish belief (including psychology and occultism). I must admit that my eyes glazed and I only skimmed the chapters written by the murderer as the philosophy involved was too complicated to even try and understand and I probably have more background on the old Greek mythologies than most people but that aside I found Phantoms Of Breslau to be a compelling read. I love the setting and the period detail and the plot keeps you guessing as it seems in keeping with the period. I'm not sure that it will be to everyone's taste but I suggest you give it a go and try it for yourself.
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on 1 August 2012
I enjoyed the previous two Mock books, and so was ready to dive into this one as soon as I got it. I still rate it as 5 star, but think I got more out of the previous two episodes. Maybe the novelty has dimmed a little, or the other two should have been rated as 6's.
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on 11 September 2011
In Mock we have an anti-hero operating in a decadent world. From Weimar to Hitler, what was bad merely became worse. One would like to believe that virtue existed, but the evidence doesn't support the wish.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I've come to enjoy these releases and whilst the authors writing style may not be for everyone, once you get past that it's a tale that's really enjoyable. The translation is well done, the authors humour pokes fun throughout and above all else its the way in which the character engages the reader that makes it so addictive. Add to the mix some great twists, a period drama and you know that its something different to the vast majority of titles out there.
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on 15 March 2014
Interesting story line with a few surprise twists set in a once grand old European City where the shabby underworld is always nearby
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on 12 July 2013
The book is great as all the books by Krajewski. I like the feeling of disgust and disbelief while reading.
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