Lie in the Dark (Paperback)

By Dan Fesperman

Vintage, 9780375707674, 304pp.

Publication Date: May 16, 2000



"A mystery tinged by the politics of today...Brutally realistic." --U.S. News  & World Report

Dan Fesperman, a journalist who reported from a number of war zones, has written a masterful murder mystery in the vein of early le Carré and Graham Greene.

Vlado Petric is a homicide investigator in war-torn Sarajevo.  When he encounters an unidentified body near "sniper alley," he realizes that it is the body of Esmir Vitas, chief of the Interior Ministry's special police, and that Vitas has been killed not by any sniper's aim but by a bullet fired at almost pointblank range.  Searching for the killer in this "city of murderers," Petric finds himself drawn into a conspriacy, the scope of which goes beyond anything he could possibly have imagined.

Praise For Lie in the Dark

"Fesperman makes Sarajevo his own, much as Martin Cruz Smith did with Moscow in Gorky Park and Red Square.... Just try to stop turning the pages."  --The Orlando Sentinel

"Add Vlado Petric to the list of great fictional detectives.  And add Dan Fesperman to the limited list of authors to display superior talent in a first novel."  San Antonio Express-News