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on 18 May 2017
Pity I had great expectations, I think the translation needed more work probably.
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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. 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.
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on 15 December 2012
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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on 9 September 2014
Krajewski's world of pre-war Silesia is menacing and strange to a reader from a different world - all four of his novels are disturbing, but the main character (Mock) is rather splendid.
These novels are certainly worth reading for their historical interest as well as the story.
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on 18 October 2013
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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on 6 January 2014
A stand alone novel but as it's one of a series it's best to start at the beginning. Well crafted policier with a huge ammount of research on the interwar years in that fascinating part of central Europe.
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on 10 October 2014
More books by this author please.
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on 6 July 2013
but I am reading previous book at the moment. An excellent series which I prefer to read in order but throughly recomend
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on 28 December 2014
love this book
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on 5 July 2013
This is another odd-ball Mock story but, as with the other English language versions of Krajewski's series, the translation is truly awful.
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