Łukasz Kaminski wakes to find himselfbattered from an assault in downtown Warsaw. His memory diminished, he can'trecall the details of the attack but knows his daughter, Basia, is dead. Herdeath is ruled a suicide, but Łukasz is deeply skeptical because she was anexuberant girl who embraced life. A veteran reporter, he suspects her deathmight be a murder, potentially caused by his sensitive investigation intopolitical corruption, beginning with a prominent minister for whom Basia hadjust begun working. ... Meanwhile, Adam Kaminiski, aPhiladelphia police officer, travels to Poland as part of a special delegationsolidifying national ties between the U.S. and Poland. Adam, only pickedbecause the first choice suddenly backed out, confesses he has no special knowledgeof the country his grandfather was born in. He reads of Basia's death in anewspaper and is both intrigued by the story and skeptical about theconclusions investigators draw about its cause. ... Together,they delve into an increasingly dark web of crime, challenged by dangerousresistance. This isn't merely a murder mystery, but reflections on the properrelation to the past and the challenges of understanding and reconcilingoneself with it. ... The story unfolds vigorously, keeping the readerpinned to the plot. There's a romantic element as well: from the verybeginning, Adam is pulled between two potential love interests. First-timeauthor Jane Gorman's prose falls short of perfection, but the artful suspensemakes for a worthwhile ride.
An astutely crafted, action-packedread. -Kirkus Reviews