Phantoms of Breslau
An Inspector Mock Investigation
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
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“Phantoms of Breslau is a cynical, moody thriller which solidifies Krajewski’s position as a distinctive voice in contemporary European fiction.”
Breslau, 1919: The hideously battered, naked bodies of four sailors are discovered on an island in the River Oder. When Criminal Assistant Eberhard Mock, back from the war, arrives at the scene to investigate, he finds an enigmatic note addressed to him insisting that he admit to past mistakes and become a believer.
As he endeavors to piece together the elements of the brutal crime, Mock combs the brothels and drinking dens of the then still-German city of Breslau and is drawn into an insidious game: it seems that anyone he questions during the course of the investigation is destined to become the next victim.
Meanwhile, Mock uncovers a secret society that has the Criminal Assistant himself clearly in its sights.
Dark, sophisticated, and uncompromising, the distinctive Breslau series has already received broad critical acclaim. Phantoms of Breslau confirms Eberhard Mock as one of the most outrageous and original detectives in crime fiction.
Born in 1966 in Wrocław, Poland, formerly the city known as Breslau, MAREK KRAJEWSKI has been awarded Poland’s top literary and crime prizes. His series of novels featuring Inspector Eberhard Mock has been translated into fourteen languages and enjoyed massive success throughout Europe. Titles in the series include Phantoms of Breslau (set in 1919), The End of the World in Breslau (set in 1927), Death in Breslau (set in 1933), and The Minotaur’s Head (set in 1939). A linguist by training, Krajewski is a former lecturer in classical studies at the University of Wrocław.
DANUSIA STOK is the translator of four books in the Inspector Mock series, as well as The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski.
Praise for Phantoms of Breslau
“Marek Krajewski—in his splendid series of crime novels about inter-war Breslau—disinters this buried metropolis like a fictional archaeologist . . . Breslau 1919 lives again . . . If the secret of these deaths lurks in the wartime past, then the ritualistic dogma that surrounds them very faintly hints at an equally grim future.” —The Independent
“Krajewski . . . prides himself on historical accuracy. His Breslau is populated by pimps, prostitutes and cynics, and it isn’t hard to believe that the city will one day become one of Hitler’s strongholds.” —The Sunday Times
Praise for Death in Breslau
“It ought to be inappropriate to enjoy reading about the Nazis this much . . . Mock is a complex, compromised character.” —The Boston Globe
“Krajewski’s thriller will intrigue and compel readers to its end.” —New York Daily News
“An exciting mystery . . . Wonderful.” —The Guardian