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- Publisher: Sapere Books (27 Sept. 2018)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07FTH31RS
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Slaughter and Forgetting: Murder and intrigue on the streets of Prague... (Josef Slonský Investigations Book 2) Kindle Edition
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As ever there is an abundance of very dark " Czech " humour and wit but never at the expense of the flow of the book. I am wondering how many more Czech composers names the author will introduce . Very strongly recommended and at a bargain price. In addition it is the right length ..none of the padded books that so many modern crime authors seem to have to write.
Books have a start and an end, no lengthy descriptive padding or boring pages of sex, he isn't terminally alcoholic or dysfunctional, just interestingly different.
Thankyou Mr. Breck for giving us Josef, keep writing.
My only complaint is that once you pick the book up, you can't put it down !!
Slonsky can be lazy at times but is never one to shirk his duty. He may be an acquired taste as far as his police colleagues are concerned, but once set on a path, it will take more than anonymous threatening phone calls to stop him. The timing of the murder in question gives the author ample opportunity to explore life and policing in the Czech Republic under communist rule. Far from being bitter about bygone times, Slonsky is not one to cast judgement on the previous regime and at times can seem to be almost enjoying reminiscing.
A strong storyline that does not get sidetracked into sub-plots along with a very likeable supporting cast for the star performer. Step forward Josef Slonsky; top cop and first rate entertainment.
Joseph Slonsky is approaching retirement when he investigates a 30 years old case, where a teenage girl was murdered and an innocent man hung for the crime. Slonsky is an able detective who does not bow and scrape to his supervisory officers.
There’s no thrilling events in the plot. The dry humour keeps interest going as Slonsky and his two trusted detectives piece together the puzzle of the miscarriage of justice.
This book makes a refreshing change, as long as the reader is not expecting an ‘edge of the seat’ mystery.
Well crafted characters and coherent, highly readable and witty storyline that successfully follows up on the excellent first book in this series
For British detective fiction this has an unusual setting and very different cultural background which greatly adds to the interest it generates.
Top international reviews
Prague, Czech Republic. Edvard Holoubek, an elderly former detective, approaches Lieutenant Josef Slonský about a miscarriage of justice. Thirty years ago, Lubomir Bartoš was hanged for the murder of Jana Válková, a crime that Edvard Holoubek was certain that Lubomir Bartoš did not commit. Holoubek has information which he provides to Slonský. Slonský is not hopeful that he’ll be able to have the case reopened, until Holoubek is murdered in what could be a deliberate hit and run accident.
So, Slonský, his partner Navrátil and a new addition to the team, Peiperova, start to investigate.
Who murdered Jana Válková? Why was Lubomir Bartoš hanged for a murder he could not have committed? Those of us who’ve read the first book in the series just know that Slonský, appropriately fuelled with food and drink, will solve the case. Black humour, witty observations, and dogged investigation are all part of the Slonský style.
‘Always assume that I’m completely ignorant, then make it your job to ensure that I’m not ignorant.’
This is the second book in the Josef Slonský investigations series. I’m enjoying the characters and am finding the cases interesting. We learn a bit more about Slonský’s past in this novel, and both Peiperova and Navrátil are great additions to the team.
‘Actually, those of us who lived through Communism know that the past can be rewritten any number of times but your future depends on things you can’t change.’
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Sapere for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes. I’ve since bought my own copy, and am looking forward to the third instalment.
You would think that 90-year-old Edvard Holoubek would be happy to sit at home with his feet up and enjoy retirement. However, the ex-policeman had one case that still played on his mind all these years later. He was sure that an innocent man was hanged for a crime he didn’t commit, and he’d like to find out if he was right. A girl was murdered in her house, and the man convicted and executed for the crime just didn’t fit the bill. Holoubek decided to ask Lieutenant Josef Slonsky to assist with the investigation and see if he can find the real killer or killers. It doesn’t take long for Slonsky long to see that Holoubek was certainly onto something, and there is someone out there that’s not happy about the investigation being opened again. I would definitely recommend this as an excellent series. 5/5 Star rating.
This is book two of a series. I am on book three at the moment. I can't get enough of this dialog!