Genelin's darkly compelling second Jana Matinova mystery (after 2008's Siren of the Waters) mixes equal parts lust, betrayal and murder. When Jana's childhood friend Sofia, who campaigns for an anticorruption organization called Transparency in Government, is elected to the Slovakian parliament, neither is prepared for the long-ranging and deadly consequences. Sofia's subsequent entanglement with a male colleague and acceptance of a huge diamond taint Jana's career as a commander in the Bratislavan police force, where she finds herself under investigation for corruption. As bodies begin to pile up in Slovakia and neighboring countries, Jana races to figure out the motive for the murders and their connection to a multicontinent smuggling ring before assassins do away with her suspects. Genelin ratchets up the suspense with smooth prose, evocative locales and distinctive characters who leap from the page. (July)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The second Commander Jana Matinova investigation set in Slovakia.
A man is killed in Nepal, and seemingly unrelated murders are committed in Bratislava, Ukraine, and Geneva. To Police Commander Jana Matinova, it begins to look as if they are all part of a multinational conspiracy. Various clues, including a diamond she finds hanging in her living room, lead to her childhood friend, now a Member of Parliament. Jana was a good friend when Sofia was traumatized at age 12, an event involving a prominent government official, the same official who now seems deeply involved with the current conspiracy. Jana becomes romantically involved with Peter, a handsome member of the attorney general's office whose loyalties she begins to question. Jana is logical and perceptive with superb deductive reasoning, putting her on a par with Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme and Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta. Genelin's characters are true to life, and the story is well crafted, with all the twists and turns of the best detective fiction. The sometimes-stilted writing style causes the story to read like a translation at times, which adds positively to the Eastern European ambience. Jana's forays into Ukraine and Austria from Bratislava, where most of the novel takes place, ring true culturally and geographically. Teens will especially relate to the friendship thread as well as to the romance, and of course to the element of danger.-Ellen Bell, Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, CA
“[A] gripping novel . . . with a truly original central character. . . . Plan on getting the first Matinova novel, Siren of the Waters, too. You're not going to want to miss an episode.” —The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
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