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Sarajevo is a war-torn city, full of hungry, cold, frightened people. American journalist Branston Flett is on hand to record it all with arrogant bravado. Amidst the chaos, Police Superintendent Rosso and his staff must solve a murder. A young woman, a police informant, is found dead in "The Monkey House" a Serbian apartment complex. The crime resembles that of a powerful Bosnian mafioso warlord and black marketeer, Luka - a man that Rosso is determined to ruin - and he needs Flett as a witness. For Rosso, a Croat whose alcoholic Serbian wife is slipping deeper into despair and whose Muslim goddaughter may be having an affair with Luka, this case hits too close to home. "The Monkey House" is a spine chilling thriller in the style of John LeCarre and Martin Cruz Smith's "Gorky Park". John Fullerton was born in Dorchester, England. As a journalist he has covered twelve wars, spending most to his time in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Bosnia.
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Branston Flett is a famous American journalist who comes to wartime Sarajevo with the intent of covering the ethnic conflict. But what he discovers is the netherworld of a city gone mad. A police informant is found drowned in a bathtub of a building that rarely has water. The building is in a Serb enclave detested by the Croats. A Croatian detective with a Serbian wife is suspicious. Meanwhile gunfire, mortar, and artillery ring through the city. People are starving; others are dying. War story, crime thriller, tale of urban decay, The Monkey House is a powerful book.From the Publisher:
"A first-rate debut thriller, with harrowing detail showing the limits of a memorable man and his ruined city. An impressive first novel from Reuters correspondent Fullerton."
"War-torn Sarajevo provides the setting for this gripping, atmospheric thriller in the tradition of le Carré and Cruz Smith's Gorky Park. [An] engaging and timely first novel."
"With a clarity that is sharp and painful, Fullerton's first novel captures the emotions of small people trapped in a mad war: terror and privation, compassion and Balkan gallows humor. Given his narrative and masterly suspense,[Fullerton] has a very serious future."
"I wouldn't compare this to Gorky Park; I would compare it to Dante's Inferno. The mystery is why aren't there more books as good as this. The reason is that very few of us have been to places as dark as this, and John Fullerton has."
--Martin Cruz Smith
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