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Death in Breslau: An Eberhard Mock Investigation

Death in Breslau: An Eberhard Mock Investigation

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Hardcover, Random House Inc, 2012, ISBN13 9781612191645, ISBN10 1612191649
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Hardcover, Random House Inc, 2012, ISBN13 9781612191645, ISBN10 1612191649

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Hardcover, Random House Inc, 2012, ISBN13 9781612191645, ISBN10 1612191649

Introducing one of the most stylish and moody historic detective series ever: The Inspector Eberhard Mock Quartet
Occupied Breslau, 1933: Two young women are found murdered on a train, scorpions writhing on their bodies, an indecipherable note in an apparently oriental language nearby ...Police Inspector Eberhard Mock's weekly assignation with two ladies of the night is interrupted as he is called to investigate.
But uncovering the truth is no straightforward matter in Breslau. The city is in the grip of the Gestapo, and has become a place where spies are everywhere, corrupt ministers torture confessions from Jewish merchants, and Freemasons guard their secrets with blackmail and violence.
And as Mock and his young assistant Herbert Anwaldt plunge into the city's squalid underbelly the case takes on a dark twist of the occult when the mysterious note seems to indicate a ritual killing with roots in the Crusades ...

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Number of Pages: 247
Original Languages: English
Author: Stok, Danusia ,  Krajewski, Marek
Book Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Random House Inc
ISBN-13: 9781612191645
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.75 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 1612191649
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The dust jacket comments on this novel were obviously written under the influence of one or more hallucinatory substances -- for example "Death in Breslau is a stylish, intelligent, and original addition to the canon." I typically read twenty or more books a month and have done for years. This unfortunate effort has become the absolute worst of the hundreds, maybe thousands, I've read. I finished it only because I finish books I begin, but fortunately until Death in Breslau (and environs) none has been as painful to complete. Every character in in the book was detestable, weird, contemptible, perverted, or various combinations of all four, and about whom it was impossible to care what happened to them no matter how painfully they suffered or died. They were all such miserable examples of humanity it wouldn't have mattered the tiniest whit to me if they had all been eviscerated and their fresh bodily openings stuffed with berserk scorpions. That's exactly what happened to a pair of unfortunate ladies who, themselves experiencing this somewhat unusual centuries old ritual, became the inspiration for this "novel's" title. I suspect the Polish translator shares responsibility for why the book is as bad as it is. Too many utterances were "hissed." Smiles, if any, were portrayed as sneers, leers, or at best grins. One of DiB's many low points involved a linguist following a difficult and finally successful attempt to translate a particular ancient Hebraic word or phrase "squeaking the Archimedean cry." Even without my Wikipedian narrative, you probably remember Archimedes stepping into a full bathtub and realizing that the water that overflowed the tub weighed exactly what his bathroom scale had just showed he weighed. Allegedly, he then ran through the streets of his native Syracuse shouting "Eureka!" -- or in English "I have found it." (No, this wasn't the Carrier Dome Syracuse but the Greek city state in what is now Sicily. And no, I don't know if he grabbed a toga before streaking, or just running, around town yelling.) I apologize for equivocating on how I felt about this book, and I realize I should have been more direct. Fortunately, reviewing it was cathartic -- even if it didn't take away the ache of having read the damned thing.

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