'That doesn’t mean that it’s right, just that it’s what I heard or saw.’
Prague, Czech Republic. Edvard Holoubek, an elderly former detective, approaches Lieutenant Josef Slonský about a miscarriage of justice. Thirty years ago, Lubomir Bartoš was hanged for the murder of Jana Válková, a crime that Edvard Holoubek was certain that Lubomir Bartoš did not commit. Holoubek has information which he provides to Slonský. Slonský is not hopeful that he’ll be able to have the case reopened, until Holoubek is murdered in what could be a deliberate hit and run accident.
So, Slonský, his partner Navrátil and a new addition to the team, Peiperova, start to investigate. Who murdered Jana Válková? Why was Lubomir Bartoš hanged for a murder he could not have committed? Those of us who’ve read the first book in the series just know that Slonský, appropriately fuelled with food and drink, will solve the case. Black humour, witty observations, and dogged investigation are all part of the Slonský style.
‘Always assume that I’m completely ignorant, then make it your job to ensure that I’m not ignorant.’
This is the second book in the Josef Slonský investigations series. I’m enjoying the characters and am finding the cases interesting. We learn a bit more about Slonský’s past in this novel, and both Peiperova and Navrátil are great additions to the team.
‘Actually, those of us who lived through Communism know that the past can be rewritten any number of times but your future depends on things you can’t change.’
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Sapere for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes. I’ve since bought my own copy, and am looking forward to the third instalment.
Simply Fabulous. This is a great follow on from the first book in this series ‘Lying and Dying’, which I also really enjoyed. Besides having an interesting plot, it’s the characters that really make this a wonderful book. Graham Brack has a easy and fluid writing style, and I’ll certainly be looking out for anything he writes in the future. You would think that 90-year-old Edvard Holoubek would be happy to sit at home with his feet up and enjoy retirement. However, the ex-policeman had one case that still played on his mind all these years later. He was sure that an innocent man was hanged for a crime he didn’t commit, and he’d like to find out if he was right. A girl was murdered in her house, and the man convicted and executed for the crime just didn’t fit the bill. Holoubek decided to ask Lieutenant Josef Slonsky to assist with the investigation and see if he can find the real killer or killers. It doesn’t take long for Slonsky long to see that Holoubek was certainly onto something, and there is someone out there that’s not happy about the investigation being opened again. I would definitely recommend this as an excellent series. 5/5 Star rating.