Death in Breslau (Inspector Eberhard Mock Series #1)

Death in Breslau (Inspector Eberhard Mock Series #1)

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by Marek Krajewski
     
 

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Introducing one of the most stylish and moody historic detective series yet from Melville International Crime: The Inspector Eberhard Mock Quartet

Occupied Breslau, 1933: Two young women are found murdered on a train, scorpions writhing on their bodies, an indecipherable note in an apparently oriental language nearby ...Police Inspector Eberhard

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Introducing one of the most stylish and moody historic detective series yet from Melville International Crime: The Inspector Eberhard Mock Quartet

Occupied Breslau, 1933: Two young women are found murdered on a train, scorpions writhing on their bodies, an indecipherable note in an apparently oriental language nearby ...Police Inspector Eberhard Mock's weekly assignation with two ladies of the night is interrupted as he is called to investigate.

But uncovering the truth is no straightforward matter in Breslau. The city is in the grip of the Gestapo, and has become a place where spies are everywhere, corrupt ministers torture confessions from Jewish merchants, and Freemasons guard their secrets with blackmail and violence.

And as Mock and his young assistant Herbert Anwaldt plunge into the city's squalid underbelly the case takes on a dark twist of the occult when the mysterious note seems to indicate a ritual killing with roots in the Crusades ...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set in 1933–1934 Breslau, Germany, this impressive first in Polish writer Krajewski’s quartet featuring Criminal Counsellor Eberhard Mock will please Philip Kerr fans. An emergency call late one night takes Mock from a house of ill repute he frequents to a train car, where the bodies of a 17-year-old girl, a baron’s daughter, and her governess have been found. Live scorpions writhe in the butchered girl’s entrails. The police detective has to proceed carefully in the rapidly shifting political climate, since the Nazis have already purged many of Mock’s colleagues and sent them to concentration camps. Meanwhile, Berlin dispatches another detective to assist with the case, Herbert Anwaldt. The troubled, alcoholic Anwaldt may hold the key to the solution of the horrific murders. This intelligent, atmospheric crime novel, which flashes forward to such events as the 1945 Dresden firebombing and the beginnings of the cold war, possesses a distinctly European, Kafkaesque sensibility. (Sept.)
Library Journal
When a prominent baron's daughter and companion are brutally murdered in occult circumstances, Insp. Eberhard Mock of the Breslau police is called in to find the killer—or a suitable scapegoat. It is 1933, and the Gestapo are interested in using the murder to propagate anti-Semitism. Mock finds a suitable "murderer" but secretly reopens the case. Assisted by his alcoholic assistant, Herbert Anwaldt, Mock finds himself immersed in a centuries-old crime with clues in lost manuscripts, a phrase written in blood in an ancient Persian language, and a high-class brothel (with which Mock is well acquainted). VERDICT In the first of four planned volumes, Inspector Mock does not stand out among the characters until after the climax. Despite the lack of a charismatic head detective, this is an intricate crime novel at its best. Readers interested in erotic noir and international crime dramas will find this book enjoyable.—Jennifer Funk, McKendree Univ., Lebanon, IL
From the Publisher
“Marek Krajewski goes far beyond the police procedural in a novel that confronts the infinitely more terrible crimes to come.” The Barnes & Noble Review from the Editors’ Picks for Best Fiction of 2012

"This intelligent, atmospheric crime novel, which flashes forward to such events as the 1945 Dresden firebombing and the beginnings of the cold war, possesses a distinctly European, Kafkaesque sensibility."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"As noir as they get. This complex and atmospheric thriller will find many fans, who will eagerly await the rest of Krajewski's Breslau quartet." —The Independent

It ought to be inappropriate to enjoy reading about Nazis this much. But fascists make good foils... Characters who survived under such predatory conditions had to possess a cunning and guile."The Boston Globe

"It promises to be a great quartet."Globe and Mail

"Krajewski's wonderfully laconic style and his painterly descriptions of place and character tether even the most overwrought scenes to a palpable reality." — B&N Review

"Krajewski’s thriller...will intrigue and compel readers to its end." —New York Daily News

"Atmosphere and piquant period detail saturate the pages, and push these books into the upper echelons of literary crime ... Krajewski's lacerating narrative performs the key function of the skilful novelist: providing an entree into a world far from our own." —The Times

"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

"Reminiscent of Georg Grosz...Death In Breslau isn't just an exciting mystery, it's the story of lost Fatherland...wonderful." —The Guardian

"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." —The Daily Telegraph

"Krajewski relishes the period detail as takes us from bloody interrogation cells to Madame LeGoef's sweaty bordello ... above all you get the sense that Krajewski is enjoying teasing and tormenting us with numerous examples of the violent coming together of eroticism and the body-politic. In this respect, Death in Breslau is strongly reminiscent of Alain Robbe-Grillet's Repetition... What's haunting about Krajewski's book, however, is that the worst was yet to come." —Independent on Sunday

"Atmospheric and uncompromising, it is noir with its dark underbelly fully exposed" —Criminal Element

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612191645
Publisher:
Melville House Publishing
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Series:
Inspector Eberhard Mock Series, #1
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.98(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Marek Krajewski goes far beyond the police procedural in a novel that confronts the infinitely more terrible crimes to come.” The Barnes & Noble Review from the Editors’ Picks for Best Fiction of 2012

"This intelligent, atmospheric crime novel, which flashes forward to such events as the 1945 Dresden firebombing and the beginnings of the cold war, possesses a distinctly European, Kafkaesque sensibility."—Publishers Weekly

"As noir as they get. This complex and atmospheric thriller will find many fans, who will eagerly await the rest of Krajewski's Breslau quartet." —The Independent

It ought to be inappropriate to enjoy reading about Nazis this much. But fascists make good foils... Characters who survived under such predatory conditions had to possess a cunning and guile."The Boston Globe

"It promises to be a great quartet."Globe and Mail

"Krajewski's wonderfully laconic style and his painterly descriptions of place and character tether even the most overwrought scenes to a palpable reality." — B&N Review

"Krajewski’s thriller...will intrigue and compel readers to its end." —New York Daily News

"Atmosphere and piquant period detail saturate the pages, and push these books into the upper echelons of literary crime ... Krajewski's lacerating narrative performs the key function of the skilful novelist: providing an entree into a world far from our own." —The Times

"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

"Reminiscent of Georg Grosz...Death In Breslau isn't just an exciting mystery, it's the story of lost Fatherland...wonderful." —The Guardian

"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." —The Daily Telegraph

"Krajewski relishes the period detail as takes us from bloody interrogation cells to Madame LeGoef's sweaty bordello ... above all you get the sense that Krajewski is enjoying teasing and tormenting us with numerous examples of the violent coming together of eroticism and the body-politic. In this respect, Death in Breslau is strongly reminiscent of Alain Robbe-Grillet's Repetition... What's haunting about Krajewski's book, however, is that the worst was yet to come." —Independent on Sunday

"Atmospheric and uncompromising, it is noir with its dark underbelly fully exposed" —Criminal Element

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Meet the Author

MAREK KRAJEWSKI was born in Wroclaw (formerly Breslau), Poland, on September 4, 1966. He is the author of five novels in the Breslau series, which have been translated into fourteen languages and won Poland’s top literary and crime prizes. Krajewski is a former lecturer in Classical Studies at the University of Wroclaw.

DANUSIA STOK is the translator of the Inspector Mock series, Death in Breslau, as well as The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowsi.

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Death in Breslau 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Barbaraketubah More than 1 year ago
I found this reading a bit too bloody and gruesome. Didn't particularly like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What makes a book Noir? My checklist goes: politics with no easy solution (check); complex and truly flawed characters (check); moody terrifying settings that are almost characters themselves (check); a dangerous amount of sweaty drunk men in suits bruising their knuckles on each other (Check!). By any standard, this one was a noir as they come.
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xuxuLM More than 1 year ago
Very simple reading, just for fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I chose not to finish this book and I'm currently over half way. Started skipping paragraphs as the detail is not even relevent to the story. And I'm not even referencing all the alluded sex/orgies going on. Avid reader and rarely do not finish a book.
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Slow moving with unsympathetic characters. It was so utterly uninteresting that I found myself looking for any excuse to avoid reading it.
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Absolutely awful! Rare that I can't finish a book, but gave up on this one less than halfway.
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