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: Winner of the CWA John Creasey Award for Best First Novel. "A quite astonishing first novel which injects the reader into the heart of darkness which was Sarajevo at the height of the Yugoslav conflict. Reading this book is like being there... At the book's core is a police detective, a man who must deal with the conflict while never wholly understanding it, who must investigate one meaningful murder while those around him seem inured to daily slaughter. This is a humane and moving book, a great crime novel" - Ian Rankin
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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