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The Minotaur's Head: An Eberhard Mock Investigation [Kindle Edition]

Marek Krajewski , Danusia Stok
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Breslau, 1939. When Abwehr Captain Eberhard Mock is called from his New Year's Eve revelries to attend a particularly grisly crime scene, even his famously strong stomach is turned. A young girl - and suspected spy - who arrived by train from France just days before, has been found dead in her hotel room, the flesh torn from her cheek by her assailant's teeth.

Ill at ease with the increasingly open integration of S.S., Gestapo and police, Mock is relieved to be assigned to liaise with officers in Lvov, Poland, where a series of similar crimes - as yet unsolved - continue to cast a long shadow over the town. Once in Lvov he joins the ongoing investigation conducted by Commissioner Popieksi, a fellow classicist who relies on a highly unorthodox method of deduction.


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'plugs you straight in to the excesses of pre-war Europe, a world which Mock bestrides like some horny, brilliantined walrus' The Metro.

'So brilliantly evocative that you can smell the cigar smoke and taste the herrings and the beer as you read' Euro Crime.

'A must for any fan of Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther' The Times.

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Breslau 1939: when Abwehr Captain Eberhard Mock is called from his New Year's Eve revelries to attend a particularly grisly crime scene, his notoriously robust stomach is turned. A young girl has been found dead in her hotel room, the flesh torn from her check by her assailant's teeth. Mock is sent to liaise with police in Lwów, Poland, where a series of similar crimes - as yet unsolved - continue to cast a long shadow over the town. There he joins the ongoing investigation conducted by Commissioner Popielski, a fellow classicist who relies on a highly unorthodox method of deduction. But Popielski has concerns of his own: he is increasingly worried by the behaviour of his only daughter, Rita. Her head has been turned from her studies by a charismatic drama teacher, and unbeknownst to her father, she has been receiving letters from an ardent secret admirer. The Minotaur's Head confirms Mock's status as the most outrageous detective in crime fiction - older now, a little wiser, but still a libertine at heart, equally at home in the underworld as in the ranks of authority.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1021 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 190669494X
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074VPIYG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,869 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mock and Popeilski Investigate 31 Oct. 2013
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This, the fourth novel in the Eberhard Mock series it has to be admitted is far more about Commissioner Edward Popeilski than Mock himself. Mock is enjoying himself in the early hours of the morning on the 1st January 1937, that is until he is called away. Mock is presently a captain in the Abwehr and finds that not only he but the Gestapo and the normal police of Breslau are at a murder scene. Found in a hotel is a young woman who has been raped, bitten and strangled, which would make it just a case for the police, but she is a foreigner, and the only thing that they know about her is that she registered just under the name of Anna. Of course the Gestapo are worried that spies are running amok in Breslau, but is this really what is happening?

When the crime is linked to two cases in Poland where they believe that they have a serial killer which they have nicknamed 'The Minotaur' on the loose, Eberhard Mock finds himself being sent over the border to liaise with Edward Popeilski. Convinced they won't like each other, the two men soon find that they do have quite a bit in common. With Mock now assisting the Polish authorities, will the crimes be solved?

This takes in manipulation, deceit, greed, blackmail, murder, and perversion as the case is slowly starting to become clear. As I have already mentioned, Eberhard Mock plays more of a bit part in this novel than the others so far published in English, and Edward Popeilski is the main character in this novel. Don't be put off by that though as we can really see how Popeilski changes in character throughout the novel due to circumstances that are out of his control.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly readable 15 Dec. 2012
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Krajewski's descriptions of German Silesia and Poland are evocative, dark and amusing. Inspector Mock is a curious character and interesting; I hope there will be more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent performance 18 Oct. 2013
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Krajewski brings one of the most interesting of detectives ever back to work in a slightly different tale, and pairs him with another well drawn detective character with the action taking place in Lvov.

Not quite as much detail on cuisine, a pity, though poor Mock is beginning to find
that he can no longer hit the heights of gluttony and debauchery that he managed in early years.

There is a seam of quality in Mock to be mined and a lot more books can come out of both these main characters as we lurch toward 1939. Get digging Mr K.
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