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- File size : 2014 KB
- Publication date : August 1, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 297 pages
- Publisher : Sapere Books (August 1, 2018)
- ASIN : B07CY28BLH
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #199,612 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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He requires a lot more refueling stops than the average contemporary fictional detective (who by all accounts almost never has time to stop to eat over the course of an investigation). Slonský, however, never starts a day without coffee and pastries, followed later in the day by beer and sausage. The only time he encounters a vegetable in the book is by accident and it is promptly spat out. Nearing sixty and retirement, he's recently taken on a protegee to train in the ways of investigation, an eager beaver by the name of Navrátil fresh from the police academy, who is taking some time to acclimatize himself to Slonský's methods.
Slonský and Navrátil are investigating the murder of a young woman who turns out to be the mistress of an important political figure. The plot is well paced and quickly becomes quite convoluted as Slonský and Navrátil tread carefully through a political minefield to uncover the murderer and the motive. The writing is wry and entertaining and the setting in Prague makes for an interesting backdrop to this promising start to the series.
This is #1 of a series, currently numbering 4 instalments; one I'll be more than happy to continue reading. Slonský and Navrátil are both great characters and make an excellent investigative team. While this book didn't necessarily transport me to Prague (a city I don't yet know), I felt that it gave me a nice introduction to Czech culture and history. The investigation had sufficient momentum and was nicely unpredictable, at least for me. I thought the constant banter between Slonský and Navrátil (and Slonský and just about every other character) gave the book something of a 'cosy' feel, until I read the climax of the story and could not believe my eyes! I had to go back and re-read a couple of pages to make sure I hadn't fallen into a micro-sleep and missed something! Wow, I did not see that coming.
Recommended for lovers of smart, witty crime with a little grit.
As evidence came to light, Slonsky was wary. But when had he ever held back! He and Navratil made the arrest which would cause controversy; corruption was obviously rife. Using his informer; chasing leads; finding evidence – was there enough to convince the courts?
Lying and Dying is the first in the Josef Slonský Investigations by Graham Brack and I had many laugh out loud moments. Wry and dark humour, sarcasm and wit are Slonsky’s forte – his success in confusing his poor recruit made me smile. And his (un)popularity within the police force was well done. A great police procedural set in Prague in 2006, I enjoyed it and will continue with the series. Recommended. Thanks to all my GR friends who recommended this one as well.
Top reviews from other countries
The political cynicism was all too believable . Whilst the ending was shocking in a way ,it seemed somehow to follow on logically . The personal lives of the officers was introduced with subtlety and not slapped on with a trowel like many other modern day police procedurals . I shall look forward to reading more in this series . At this price it is a complete bargain.
It has an unusual location for a British book but the author either knows it, or has researched it, well as that adds significantly to maintaining interest throughout the storyline.
I recommend this strongly.