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The End of the World in Breslau: An Inspector Mock Investigation (Melville International Crime) by [Krajewski, Marek]
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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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  • File Size: 3685 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Melville International Crime (April 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AP2UW6U
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