Praise for Entanglement:
“An exquisite contemporary crime story. Polish literature boasts a real master.”—Jerzy Pilch, author of The Mighty Angel
“A tightly plotted mystery novel, dark humor and contemporary Warsaw perfectly rendered.”—Przekrój Magazine
The morning after a group psychotherapy session in a Warsaw monastery, Henry Talek is found dead, a roasting spit stuck in one eye.
Public prosecutor Teodor Szacki, world-weary, suffering from bureaucratic exhaustion and marital ennui, feels that life has passed him by. But this case changes everything. Because of it he meets Monika Grzelka, a young journalist whose charms prove difficult to resist, and he discovers the frightening power of certain esoteric therapeutic methods. The shocking videos of the sessions lead him to an array of possible scenarios. Could one of the patients have become so absorbed by his therapy role-playing that he murdered Telak? Szacki’s investigation leads him to an earlier murder, before the fall of Communism.
And why is the Secret Police suddenly taking an interest in all this? As Szacki uncovers each piece of the puzzle, facts emerge that he’d be better off not knowing, for his own safety.
Zygmunt Miloszewski, born in Warsaw in 1975, is an editor currently working for Newsweek. His first novel, The Intercom, was published in 2005 to high acclaim. Entanglement followed in 2007, and the author is now working on screenplays based on The Intercom and Entanglement as well as on a sequel to the latter, also featuring Teodor Szacki.
|Publisher:||Bitter Lemon Press, Ltd|
|Series:||Polish State Prosecutor Szacki Investigates Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.16(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.08(d)|
About the Author
Born in Warsaw in 1975, Miloszewski is a reporter and editor currently working for Newsweek. His first novel, 'The Intercom', was published in 2005 to high acclaim. In 2006 he published his novel for young readers, 'The Adder Mountains', and in 2007 a crime novel 'Entanglement'. A sequel to the latter is under way. Antonia Lloyd-Jones is well known for her translations from the Polish of novels by Pawel Huelle such as Mercedes-Benz (shortlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction Award 2006) and Castorp (shortlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction Award 2007). Other authors she has translated include Ryszard Kapuscinski and Olga Tokarczuk.
What People are Saying About This
"This is a carefully plotted story that continues to engage the reader from the opening sentence to the final scene. The author provides a rich sense of place, interesting characters, and a view of life in contemporary Warsaw."—ILOVEAMYSTERY.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In 2005 at a Warsaw monastery, a demanding group therapy session occurs hosted by Cezary Rudski. He tells a tale to the three of his four patents (Euzebiusz Kiam, Hanna Kwiatkowska and Barbara Jarczyk) who remain at the table; Henryk Talek is not there as the therapist assumes he left unable to cope with the intensity. The next day Henryk is found dead; a roasting spit jammed into his eye. Warsaw prosecutor Teodor Szack leads the investigation, but has no energy for the case. He is bone wearily tired as he interviews the therapist and the three surviving patients. However, he soon finds his inquiry intriguing as he uncovers a link to a cold case homicide over two decades ago when the Communists ran roughshod. Adding to his renewed vigor is meeting enthusiastic reporter Monika Grzelka whose beauty and élan revitalizes him. However, Szack also wonders why the Secret Police are following his every move. This is a fascinating Polish police procedural in which almost two decades since the fall of the Iron Curtain mysteries remain tied to the Communist era. The investigation is cleverly devised and the ennui Szarck feels at first is powerful as is his sudden zest for life after meeting the energetic journalist. However, the key to Zygmunt Miloszewski's engaging whodunit is Warsaw as the city comes across modern yet retains the scars of communism. Harriet Klausner
I was attracted to the Polish author writing about modern day Poland. Although the book is in the murder mystery genre, I found that perspective all the more fascinating. The characters are well fleshed out and complicated, plot is intriguing, and the setting is descriptive enough for a great story. The Polish spelling of names cause a bit of complication, but a pleasant challenge. I also bought the follow up novel, as this is well written, for a genre I'm not generally attracted to. A worthwhile read in paperback, hope not too much of the culture was lost in translation.