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Lie in the Dark Kindle Edition
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I have to say, much as I liked Small Boat of Great Sorrows it was not a patch on the intense and oppresive world of Lie in the Dark, which is quite simply superb. Vlado Petric is barely treading water in the twisted, war-torn city and he struggles to the surface in a mire of corruption and fear. Putting aside the grippping story at the book's heart, it also really shocked me to remember how recently the siege of Sarajevo happened and how that conflict has been forgotten. More power to Fesperman for making us think of the very recent past. Even more power to him for making it such a gripping rediscovery.
The impossible difficulties of trying to work a case in a city where windows are blocked with bin liners for safety, men between the ages of 16 and 60 can be press-ganged into the army, phone lines frequently fail and the population is so scattered that witnesses are hard to track down, are all detailed in this exciting book. The scenes where Vlado helps a new neighbour and his family whose apartment has been shelled is a simple act of decency in a war torn city, and his relationship with a working girl - forced into prostitution through poverty - is touchingly described.
Some may find the war details - Serb against Croat against Muslim - difficult to follow as the tinderbox that held strong under the rule of Tito blows apart and sets neighbour on neighbour - too intense to take in, but this is a worthwhile read and would make a cracking film!
But Petric senses justice even amidst all the injustices, perhaps that's what keeps him going, as he seeks to untangle the mess that all sides have created.
I enjoyed it, very real sense of what it must have been like to live through, from a reporter who was there.
Gets better with his next book, Small Boat of Great Sorrows.
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Dan Fesperman's LIE IN THE DARK was first published in 1999. It is a powerful story about a Bosnian homicide detective, Investigator Petric, who tries to solve crimes while staying... Read morePublished on 22 Nov. 2011 by John Gaynard
I can recall watching news items on the Sarajevo siege in the 1990's, it came across as a frightening war zone. Read morePublished on 6 Oct. 2010 by Glen1975
It tooks me time to start the reading of this book. I was not really into a plot taking place in Sarjevo, during the war. But once I had started it, I could not leave it. Read morePublished on 26 Oct. 2001