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Where the Devil Can't Go (Kiszka & Kershaw, Book 1) by [Lipska, Anya]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 153 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in Kiszka & Kershaw (3 Book Series)
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'A gripping reminder of how crime fiction reveals the world around us' VAL McDERMID

‘A gripping, suspenseful page-turner, spiced with humour and grit, with a charismatic and excitingly different lead.’ – Emlyn Rees, author of Hunted and Wanted

‘Anya Lipska’s remarkable novel has been accruing considerable praise…all of it justified.’ The Good Book Guide

‘Lipska’s debut novel won’t disappoint crime fiction fans…keeps the plot twists coming at every turn.’ We Love This Book

‘The moment I started reading this exciting thriller, I felt that thrill – the thrill of discovering a new favourite author.’ Mark Edwards, author, Catch Your Death, Magpies

'Lipska does for the East End what Rankin does for Edinburgh' James Craig, author, the Inspector Carlyle novels

‘A most unusual and exciting thriller.’ Dame Joan Bakewell

‘The story just flew off the page. An exciting new talent with a truly unique voice,’ Mari Hannah, author, the DCI Kate Daniels series

‘A frighteningly good debut.’ Chris Simms, author, The Edge and Hell’s Fire

About the Author

Val McDermid selected Anya Lipska to appear on her 'New Blood' Panel at Theakstons 2013 Harrogate Crime Festival.
 Trained as a journalist, Anya now writes and produces TV documentaries.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1283 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Publisher: The Friday Project (7 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AAU716Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 153 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,681 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By GW on 1 Jan. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The premise of this novel may sound like it's heading for a fairly standard murder story, but the novel quickly takes off in pleasingly unexpected directions.

Janusz, an unofficial 'fixer' for many of London's Polish community, gets embroiled in a murder investigation while trying to track down a missing girl. Janusz is a terrific, curiously believable character; he has been in the UK for years, since long before there was a Polski sklep on every city high street, and he brings an interesting perspective to the story - often torn between seeing things as an immigrant and a native. Janusz's investigations eventually lead him back to Poland, where we get a glimpse of the country through his eyes, an native returning after a long-absence, even seen as something of an outsider by many of the solid old-timers.

Janusz shares the novel with Natalie Kershaw, a young Met. detective She is a woman trying to make it in the still male-dominated police force, but this isn't hammered home to the point of cliché; rather than consciously rebelling, Natalie reacts with a very relatable frustration. And although she inevitably gets into trouble for not following all the rules, it's not in one of the overly-dramatic ways beloved by the heroes of police procedurals.

Commendably, the novel doesn't shy away from big themes, and manages to address them without the use of a shoehorn. Religion is tackled naturally through Janusz's ingrained Catholicism, which he maintains more as an obligation (although he often makes use of the confessional). Opposing forms of the faith are represented by Janusz's pestering, well-connected priest and the obstructive, shady principal of a Catholic theology college. Dodgy politics also enters into matters.
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This is a very assured debut crime novel that contains all
the essential ingredients for an enjoyable thriller.
Janusz Kiszka,a Pole who has lived in London for 20 years
is asked by his priest to find a Polish waitress who has
gone missing from the capital.Meanwhile a young woman is
found dead floating in the River Thames,and shortly afterwards,
another women is discovered dead in a bed in a Docklands hotel.
As rookie Detective Constable Natalie Kershaw investigates
these deaths ,her path crosses with Kiszka,and he becomes a
suspect.As they go their own ways with their inquiries
(Kiszka to Poland),their concerns increasingly become connected.
'Where The Devil Can't Go'is an assiduously researched novel that
gives us a glimpse of the London Polish community and the murky
history of 1980's Poland.It is cleverly plotted,and provides two
fully engaging characters in Kershaw and Kiszka.
Excellent .Definitely an author to watch out for.
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I recently bought this book from Amazon mainly based on the number of good reviews. Additionally I didn't want to pay too much merely hoping to get a decent read quite cheaply,as most are overpriced in my opinion.
Once I started to get into the story I was hooked.Initially I was quite surprised at such a good page turning story from a virtually unknown author could be so good.Unfortunately as I couldn't hardly stop reading this quite enthralling story,I finished it all too quickly.But certainly one of the best reads I've had for some time.Highly recommended.
I was naturally hoping to find some more books by this wonderful author,but sadly it appears this book is the only one at the present time more's the pity.
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A fantastic debut - shocking, surprising, wonderfully funny and utterly up to the minute. An English female detective and a Polish petty crook cum private detective cross paths as they discover the links between a dead body in the Thames, a missing woman, and political events in Poland dating back to the fall of communism in the 1980s. Anya Lipska has written a detective story/political thriller that out-Rankins Rankin. Like him she lovingly recreates a city - in this case London - which is as much a character as her people, but this is a London most readers, including Londoners, will have only glimpsed from the outside. It is the London of the vast Polish community: of young Poles working on the building sites for the Olympic Games in the East End, or doing bodged jobs on converting flats for the rich in Notting Hill Gate, of sex workers in Soho, of Polish matrons, of the straight and the ever so slightly crooked, including Lipska's wonderful hero the 'big man' Janusz, who engages in a little smuggling when he's not sorting out the Poles' problems - with a little violence if necessary. Janusz is in the mould of Rankin's Rebus, but because he straddles both sides of the law he is much more convincing as an anti-authoritarian urban knight. His nostalgia for the staider more insular London before the Poles settled there in such numbers, and his delightful friendship with reckless fellow smuggler Oskar, make him genuinely idiosyncratic and funny. Like all good heroes of detective stories, Janusz is haunted by demons - in this case linked to real life political events in Poland.Read more ›
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