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Mock and Popeilski Investigate
on 31 October 2013
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. As with Mock though, if he doesn't catch his criminal first time around he is prepared to wait years until the chance next comes up, the same as with tying loose ends to cases. This story eventually ends in 1939, ironically only months before the German invasion, but even if he knew, that wouldn't bother Mock, after all he may not be the nicest person, but he will always try to get his man, and will help his friends.
As with the other books so far published in English in this series, this is another compelling read that really takes you into the dark side of humanity, and stay with you long after you have finished them.