An inexorable accretion of detail, maintaining a firm grip on the reader's attention... a cool, uninflected narrative that allows the facts to speak for themselves to chilling effect... the customary banality of evil, but also the fashion in which that evil can flourish in a totalitarian state. It is a chilling and salutary read. --Barry Forshaw, writer and journalist - British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia
An almost perfect reconstruction... a huge effort of research which reconstitutes the destiny of a murderer framed in his multiple contexts - domestic, social and historical... exceptionally well conceived and very well written! --Liviu Antonesei, writer and journalist - editor of Timpul, Romania's leading arts magazine
About the Author
MIKE PHILLIPS is the author of a series of crime novels featuring black journalist Sam Dean: Blood Rights (1989), The Late Candidate (1990), Point of Darkness (1994), and An Image to Die For (1995). He received the Silver Dagger award of the Crime Writers' Association in 1990. He also wrote The Dancing Face (1997), and Fast Road to Nowhere (1994, as Joe Canzius). STEJAREL OLARU, born in 1973 in Bucharest, Romania, has published a great number of specialised studies and books on recent Romanian history. At the present time, he is a university lecturer in the history of intelligence gathering.