Title: Lie in the Dark ***SIGNED***
Publisher: SOHO, NY
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine
Signed: Signed by Author on Full Title Page
Edition: 1st. Edition, 1st. Printing.
First Edition, First Printing with full number line. Signed, without inscription, by author on the FULL title page. Author's first novel. Winner of the British Crime Writers’ Association’s (CWA) John Creasey Award. Unread Very Fine book in Very Fine dust jacket. NO remainder mark, NO previous owner markings or inscriptions, NOT price clipped, NOT a Book Club Edition, NOT an Ex-Lib. Dust jacket covered in Mylar wrapper. All our books are bubble wrapped and shipped in a sturdy box. Bookseller Inventory # 008240
Synopsis: "A mystery tinged by the politics of today...Brutally realistic." -- U.S. News & World Report
Dan Fesperman, a journalist who reported from a number of war zones, has written a masterful murder mystery in the vein of early le Carré and Graham Greene.
Vlado Petric is a homicide investigator in war-torn Sarajevo. When he encounters an unidentified body near "sniper alley," he realizes that it is the body of Esmir Vitas, chief of the Interior Ministry's special police, and that Vitas has been killed not by any sniper's aim but by a bullet fired at almost pointblank range. Searching for the killer in this "city of murderers," Petric finds himself drawn into a conspriacy, the scope of which goes beyond anything he could possibly have imagined.
Review: What is the point of investigating a single death when your city and your country is being killed around you? For Fesperman's Sarajevo sleuth Investigator Petric part of the answer is that being a homicide cop keeps him out of the army and out of the front line in the hills a few miles away and in the city instead where he can at least phone the wife and child he has sent to safety. Another part of the answer is the simple bad attitude that he shares with most other heroes of noir detective fiction, a feeling that the job has to be done no matter how many toes he treads on. The corpse shot at close range and left to look like a sniper's victim is that of a senior figure in the security service, a man who used the local gangs to save the city from the Serbs and then turned on them when they got ambitious. Petric finds himself fed information by people who use him and threaten him--secret policemen, gangsters, whores, foreign journalists and black marketeers. This is a powerful and ingenious thriller drawn from last year's headlines but as timely today. -- Roz Kaveney
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