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Publisher Description

The gripping new thriller by Michael Genelin, “a master storyteller” (Library Journal), featuring the unforgettable Commander Jana Matinova, “one of the more intriguing characters in fictional thrillerdom” (Kirkus Reviews)

A woman’s body is pulled from the frozen Danube in Bratislava. Police Commander Jana Matinova recognizes the killer’s calling card. She had him in her grasp once before …and he slipped away. But not this time. Determined to end the bloody killing spree, Matinova’s investigation plunges her into the center of an international conspiracy involving hundreds of millions of dollars and turns the hunter into the hunted. Pursued by vicious assassins, Matinova charges across Europe in a relentless quest for the truth…and dignity for the dead.


"The real appeal here is Jana, who steals the show. Watch her skill in interrogations as she manipulates liars into confessing. Cheer her on as she maneuvers her boss into letting her do whatever she wants. And discover that if you’ve been distracted from the narrative, Jana hasn’t. She’s been ahead of the killers—and you—all along. No stock cop stuff here, no routinely cynical worldview—just this relentless little tank of a detective rolling over whatever’s in her way. The subdued prose style, willfully anti-dramatic but with a crackling undercurrent, allows Jana to sneak up on everybody. The reversals at the end are jarring, and the creepy feeling won’t go away soon." Booklist

"The chilly European setting is the perfect backdrop to very dark deeds, and Matinova is a clever and capable heroine who’s not afraid to buck the system to solve her cases. Those who like strong female characters and meticulously plotted procedurals will be rewarded." Publishers Weekly

"A police procedural distinguished by intriguing characters and a setting unfamiliar to most fans of crime fiction...While the settings may seem exotic, Genelin reminds us that there are no borders when it comes to such human traits as greed and desperation. A wonderful introduction to this captivating and alluring crime series," Bookgasm

"Lawyer-author Genelin once served with the U.S. Department of Justice in Central Europe, so he knows his turf well. Fans of Olen Steinhauer’s early Eastern Bloc thrillers (The Bridge of Sighs etc.) should find similar delights in the Commander Matinova books." The Rap Sheet

Praise for the Jana Matinova Thrillers

"Genelin effectively deploys a complex story and cast of characters to dazzle the reader,” Boston Globe

“Genelin brilliantly blends action and detection, never allowing the plot twists to overshadow his characters’ humanity,” Publishers Weekly

“A gripping novel of psychological suspense with a truly original central character,”  Globe and Mail

“Readers hungry for a fresh crime setting will be enormously satisfied ... the portrayal of life in post-Communist Slovakia is riveting.” USA Today

"A seething caldron of crime, corruption, political hypocrisy and violence," Washington Post

“Michael Genelin makes unfamiliar worlds seem knowable, and does so with great style," Pete Hamill

Mysteries & Thrillers
November 3
Brash Books
Brash Books

Customer Reviews

Kayak Jay ,

Entertaining, Suspenseful and Satisfying

This is an outstanding police procedural with a strong female as the protagonist. The discovery of a frozen body floating in the Danube starts police commander Jana Matinova on a pursuit of a killer that leads through many countries and brings in a number of related cases. Jana herself becomes the target as repeated attempts are made on her life. The action is realistic and exciting, and the story includes action on a separate case, and interactions with Jana's staff. The true bad guys are not fully revealed until the very end of the book. I recommend this book for an entertaining, suspenseful and satisfying read.

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