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The End of the World in Breslau: An Inspector Mock Investigation (Melville International Crime) Hardcover – April 30, 2013


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Product Details

  • Series: Melville International Crime
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Melville House (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612191770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612191775
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,020,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* As winter 1927 sets in, Criminal Counsellor Eberhard Mock, Breslau’s most celebrated cop, is under great stress. His beautiful, willful, capricious 24-year-old wife, Sophie, is failing to conceive a child. Fully as willful and self-absorbed as Sophie, the middle-aged cop is drinking prodigiously, buying his wife expensive gifts he can’t afford, flying into violent rages, and having Sophie followed. Two bizarre and savage murders, connected only by calendar pages that note the day of each murder, and Sophie’s angry flight to Berlin threaten to send Mock off an emotional cliff. Death in Breslau (2012) showcased the city as a roiling kettle of wealth, privilege, poverty, crime, scholarship, and depravity. This time, Krajewski focuses brilliantly on Mock’s psychological dissolution, but he also continues to offer fascinating glimpses of the city during a brief period of relative economic stability and sociocultural foment. Eating vast quantities of heavy food preoccupies most of the characters. Spiritualism is represented by a self-described Russian nobleman who lectures on the end of the world and a new messiah, born to a “Babylonian whore.” Cocaine use is widespread. Fraternal organizations and lodges figure in the tale. Marlene Dietrich is the toast of Berlin, and Breslau has its own Josephine Baker imitator, who performs sans clothes, in black paint. Like Death in Breslau, this one is also bizarre and insightful. --Thomas Gaughan

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"Fans of Simenon’s stand-alone noirs will find much to like." —Publishers Weekly

"Krajewski focuses brilliantly on Mock’s psychological dissolution, but he also continues to offer fascinating glimpses of the city... bizarre and insightful." —ALA Booklist (starred review)

Praise for Death in Breslau:

“As noir as they get. This complex and atmospheric thriller will find many fans.” —The Independent

“The city of Breslau is as much a character in this thriller as the parade of gothic loons that inhabit it … Addictive … ” —The Daily Telegraph

“A stylish, intelligent and original addition to the canon.” —The Financial Times

“Krajewski carved out a new niche, Polish noir. And what a neat niche it is: sweaty with decadent aristocrats, fleshy with prostitutes and pimps and corpulent with corpses … a bawdy, black-humoured and a unique police tale.” —RTE Guide

“Rich and idiosyncratic … 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 entre into a world far from our own.” —The Independent

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nancy O VINE VOICE on August 10, 2010
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Eberhard Mock is back in yet another adventure, this one involving a series of bizarre murders whose victims seem to have no connection to one another, yet which the police know have been done by the same person.

It's 1960, and Eberhard Mock is in New York City, dying of lung cancer. His old friend Herbert Anwaldt (who first appeared in Krajewski's Death in Breslau) comes to see him and Mock has a "confession" he needs to get off of his chest before he departs this earthly life. Flash back in time to 1927, to Breslau (which at the time was part of Weimar Germany). A shoemaker who has rented space in a building notices a disgusting smell, which his brother-in-law suggests might be a rotten egg behind one of the walls -- a sort of joke played by masons when they felt they were not paid properly. The shoemaker begins to knock down the wall and a body of a musician is discovered. The only clue is a page from a calendar with the date of September 12 of that year, written in blood. More bodies follow -- a follower of Hitler (who in 1927 had just made his rousing "Nuremberg Rally" speech), a Communist, a locksmith, and an historian -- each left with the calendar date of the victim's death left behind. Mock is charged with solving these crimes, and to do this, he must find what links all of these disparate victims -- a seemingly monumental task. However, he's got several things on his mind to keep him distracted from his duty, none the least of which involve his nephew and his young, beautiful and unhappy wife Sophie, as well as his own inner demons which have the power to destroy him both personally and professionally.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 2, 2013
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from the bad guys in 1920's Breslau? You really can't, if you're going by the life and work of detective Eberhard Mock, of the Breslau police department. Mock, the "hero" of Polish novelist Marek Krajewski's third noir police procedural, is not exactly the kind of cop you'd want investigating murders in the murkier depths of Breslau society because he is likely involved personally in all sorts of nefarious schemes. "Wife-beater", "prostitute-habitue","hard drinker" and "brawler" may be some of the kinder words to describe Mock. But Mock has climbed the ranks of the Breslau police force despite, or maybe because of, his character flaws.

"End of the World" is a very dark novel about the crimes a society will accept and what they won't accept. Oh, the houses of prostitution are frequented in Breslau; everyone from moralistic city councilmen down to students use, and abuse, the girls working in them. Drugs - cocaine and heroin- are widely available and used by all classes. And so-called "deviant sexual practices - between both willing - and unwilling - participants are practiced by those in even the highest society. But the line is evidently drawn at murder. After two bodies are found murdered in particularly heinous fashion, Eberhard Mock is called in to investigate the killings. Mock is also having marital trouble with his young and beautiful and promiscuous wife, Sophie, as well as family problems with his nephew, and is in generally bad shape from a functioning standpoint. The plot, told over a two month period in 1927, actually begins and ends in a hospital in New York City in 1960 where Mock is dying from cancer. He has fetched an old friend to confide/confess before his imminent death.

This is a book with not many "positive" characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack Bacchus on August 23, 2012
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Every so often a theme, a story, a character or a series is so stunning, the need for the minimum word requirement of 20 as (is reasonably) required by Amazon becomes totally irrelevant.
Be assured (very assured), that the only words required to define and label each and every one of the Eberhard Mock adventures is a mantra of: "gripping, gritty, great and ever so slightly bitter and twisted" because they are all easily up to and maybe beyond the standards of the late 40's american noir"
Ditto for the Bernie Gunther cycle (Phillip Kerr), because both of them have filled for me anyway, the enormous gap created by the disappearance of Martin Cruz Smith
My only worry is why haven't any of these authors been morphed onto the screen yet; if only to launch this millenium's new Hitchcock; and/or lift the Coen Bros and/or Guy Ritchie beyond the heliosphere of the merely mortal
Oscar City beckons children, as does the delight of some really great fiction for the rest of us
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