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 ...
Set in 1933 1934 Breslau, Germany, this impressive first in Polish writer Krajewski s quartet featuring Criminal Counsellor Eberhard Mock will please Philip Kerr fans. An emergency call late one night takes Mock from a house of ill repute he frequents to a train car, where the bodies of a 17-year-old girl, a baron s daughter, and her governess have been found. Live scorpions writhe in the butchered girl s entrails. The police detective has to proceed carefully in the rapidly shifting political climate, since the Nazis have already purged many of Mock s colleagues and sent them to concentration camps. Meanwhile, Berlin dispatches another detective to assist with the case, Herbert Anwaldt. The troubled, alcoholic Anwaldt may hold the key to the solution of the horrific murders. This intelligent, atmospheric crime novel, which flashes forward to such events as the 1945 Dresden firebombing and the beginnings of the cold war, possesses a distinctly European, Kafkaesque sensibility.