Phantoms of Breslau (Inspector Eberhard Mock Series #3)


Phantoms of Breslau is a cynical, moody thriller which solidifies Krajewski’s position as a distinctive voice in contemporary European fiction.”
Irish Examiner

Breslau, 1919: The hideously battered, naked bodies of four sailors are discovered on an island in the River Oder. When Criminal Assistant Eberhard Mock, back from the war, arrives at the scene to investigate, he finds an enigmatic note addressed to ...

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Phantoms of Breslau is a cynical, moody thriller which solidifies Krajewski’s position as a distinctive voice in contemporary European fiction.”
Irish Examiner

Breslau, 1919: The hideously battered, naked bodies of four sailors are discovered on an island in the River Oder. When Criminal Assistant Eberhard Mock, back from the war, arrives at the scene to investigate, he finds an enigmatic note addressed to him insisting that he admit to past mistakes and become a believer.

As he endeavors to piece together the elements of the brutal crime, Mock combs the brothels and drinking dens of the then still-German city of Breslau and is drawn into an insidious game: it seems that anyone he questions during the course of the investigation is destined to become the next victim.

Meanwhile, Mock uncovers a secret society that has the Criminal Assistant himself clearly in its sights.

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

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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

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)

Publishers Weekly
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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612193441
  • Publisher: Melville House Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/2/2014
  • Series: Inspector Eberhard Mock Series , #3
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 795,448
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.19 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1966 in Wrocław, Poland, formerly the city known as Breslau, MAREK KRAJEWSKI has been awarded Poland’s top literary and crime prizes. His series of novels featuring Inspector Eberhard Mock has been translated into fourteen languages and enjoyed massive success throughout Europe. Titles in the series include Phantoms of Breslau (set in 1919), The End of the World in Breslau (set in 1927), Death in Breslau (set in 1933), and The Minotaur’s Head (set in 1939). A linguist by training, Krajewski is a former lecturer in classical studies at the University of Wrocław.

is the translator of four books in the Inspector Mock series, as well as The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski.

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