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Phantoms of Breslau (Inspector Eberhard Mock Series #3)

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The return of Inspector Eberhard Mock and the series The Independent calls "As Noir as it gets."

Breslau, 1919: The hideously battered, naked bodies of four sailors are discovered on an island in the River Oder. As he pieces together the elements of this brutal crime, which has disturbing overtones of the supernatural, Criminal Assistant Mock combs the brothels and drinking dens of Breslau and is drawn into an dangerous game: it seems that ...

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Overview

The return of Inspector Eberhard Mock and the series The Independent calls "As Noir as it gets."

Breslau, 1919: The hideously battered, naked bodies of four sailors are discovered on an island in the River Oder. As he pieces together the elements of this brutal crime, which has disturbing overtones of the supernatural, Criminal Assistant Mock combs the brothels and drinking dens of Breslau and is drawn into an dangerous game: it seems that anyone he questions during the course of the investigation is destined to become the next victim.

At the same time, he is haunted by appalling nightmares; only nights spent drinking and carousing can keep his demons at bay.

Dark, sophisticated and uncompromising, the distinctive Breslau series has already received broad critical acclaim. Phantoms of Breslau confirms Eberhard Mock as the most outrageous and original detective in crime fiction.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/22/2014
Set in 1919, Krajewski's second Eberhard Mock mystery (after 2013's The End of the World in Breslau) finds Mock, who's assigned to the Breslau Police Praesidium's vice department, transferred to the Murder Commission to assist with a strange case. Some schoolboys on an island discover the corpses of four men, naked except for sailor's hats and leather pouches over their genitals, with their eyes gouged out and limbs broken. The suspicion that the victims may be gay leads Mock's superiors to believe that his experience with the Breslau sexual underworld might be of use. The autopsies reveal that their killer probably broke their arms and legs by jumping up and down on them. A note threatening more "gouged eyes" if Mock does not admit a past mistake raises the stakes. Krajewski does his usual solid job of establishing mood while setting the stage appropriately for a grim and disturbing resolution. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
Praise for Death and Breslau:

"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)

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

"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

"It ought to be inappropriate to enjoy reading about Nazis this much." —Boston Globe

"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 (UK)

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Praise for Phantoms of Breslau

“Marek Krajewski—in his splendid series of crime novels about inter-war Breslau—disinters this buried metropolis like a fictional archaeologist . . . Breslau 1919 lives again . . . If the secret of these deaths lurks in the wartime past, then the ritualistic dogma that surrounds them very faintly hints at an equally grim future.”  —The Independent

“Krajewski . . . prides himself on historical accuracy. His Breslau is populated by pimps, prostitutes and cynics, and it isn’t hard to believe that the city will one day become one of Hitler’s strongholds.” —The Sunday Times

Praise for Death in Breslau

“It ought to be inappropriate to enjoy reading about the Nazis this much . . . Mock is a complex, compromised character.” —The Boston Globe

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

“An exciting mystery . . . Wonderful.”  —The Guardian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612192727
  • Publisher: Melville House Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Series: Inspector Eberhard Mock Series , #3
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,327,127
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

MAREK KRAJEWSKI is an award-winning Polish crime writer and linguist. He is best known for his series of five Chandleresque novels set in pre-war Wrocław (which was, at the time, Breslau) with the policeman Eberhard Mock as the protagonist. These novels have been translated into 14 languages, including English, French, German, and Italian.

DANUSIA STOK is the translator of all five books in the Inspector Mock series, as well as The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski.

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