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Death in Breslau

Krajewsi, Marek, Translated from the Polish By Danusia Stok

ISBN 10: 1847242529 / ISBN 13: 9781847242525
Published by Maclehose Press/Quercus, London, 2008
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First novel in a four book quartet, introducing Eberhard Mock. Breslau, 1933: The bodies of a young woman and her lady's maid are found sprawled in a train, scorpions writing in their slashed and naked stomachs. An indecipherable note in an apparently oriental language lies next to the lifeless corpses." Remember, this Poland and the Gestapo has already taken root.". Bookseller Inventory # DDR2752

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Title: Death in Breslau

Publisher: Maclehose Press/Quercus, London

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First English Language Translation

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Breslau was a German city on the border of Czechoslovakia. It is now, since World War II, Wroclaw, in Poland. Marek Krajewski has written a quartet of novels which unfold the history of this exceptional city, standing on the faultline and crossroads of 20th century Europe. In Breslau 1933: the mutilated body of a young woman, an aristocrat, is found dead on a train. Scorpions writhe in her slashed stomach - a horrifying image that becomes crucial to the investigation. Inspector Eberhard Mock is called in to deal with the case, and is assigned an assistant, Herbert Anwaldt, an orphan.The investigation leads them deep into the city's dirty underbelly, where perverted aristocrats cavort with prostitutes, corrupt ministers torture confessions from lowly Jews and Freemasons guard their secrets with blackmail and daggers. As Mock and Anwaldt unravel a mystery of ritual killing that dates back to the time of the Crusades, the elderly Mock and the young, fatherless Anwaldt become close. But the dark, occult aspect of this most macabre of cases, coupled with the heavy presence of Germany's secret police proves too much for Anwaldt's sanity. What makes Krajewski's story so uncommonly powerful is the stifling atmosphere he conjures of a city in the grip of the Gestapo.

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'As noir as they get. Steeped in a rank air of cynicism and fear ... Danusia Stock's translation is terse and gripping ... this complex and atmospheric thriller will find many fans' Independent. (Independent)

'Krajewski has Mankell's sharp eye for detail, but he has, too, a more sophisticated frame of reference that may intrigue fans of Umberto Eco and Boris Akunin ... Death In Breslau is a stylish, intelligent and original addition to the canon' Financial Times. (Financial Times)

'The city of Breslau is as much a character in this thriller as the parade of gothic loons that inhabit it ... this addictive soup has an air of the burlesque about it' Daily Telegraph. (Daily Telegraph)

'Wonderful' Guardian. (Guardian)

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