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Głowa Minotaura by Marek Krajewski
Jednak tym razem Mock wszystkich zaskoczy. Paperbackpages. Eberhard Mock 6Edward Popielski 1. Eberhard MockEdward Popielski. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Lists with This Book. Super book, but then again, I love the edgy, the dark and the different and try not to swim in the mainstream. This is book the fourth book in the Eberhard Mock series to be translated to English, but hopefully more will follow soon. In short, it’s just my kind of read. The other novels so far translated are always “something something This is one of the most sordid crimes so far in this series, and the true villain one of the ultimate worst Krajewski has come up with yet.
But Popielski doesn’t want to take the case; in fact, he adamantly refuses to do so.
When his cousin asks him why, he replies that “It’s to do with the case of the Minotaur. The whole ignominious business started with a monstrous crime assigned to Mock –someone has miontaura, strangled and eaten half the face of a young girl at the Warsaw Court Hotel.
After he phones the police there, Popielski reveals to his staff that the minotauda described by Mock “looks like the case of the Minotaur,” a case that has remain unsolved for the last two years, when two girls met the same fate as minoaura young woman in Breslau. The news that the Minotaur is back chills Popielski to the bone; already anxious about his teenaged daughter Rita and the gossip that puts her in seedy, lowlife establishments, hanging out with some “rough company,” now he knows he’ll have to watch her even more carefully — the Minotaur is drawn exclusively to virgins.
It also begins an alliance between Mock and Popielski in a case that will bring Popielski to the edge of his very sanity, as “Like Theseus,” he enters the labyrinth.
As with the other three books in this series — Death in Breslau, The End of the World in Breslau, The Phantoms of Breslau — the crimes are intriguing but even more so is the atmosphere, best voiced in the thoughts of Popielski’s cousin Leokadia: The crimes in this novel are ghoulish and grotesque, but even so, Mock and Popielski seem to find time to satisfy their own lustful appetites along the way; beneath their respectful exteriors, they are much like many of the seedier characters who populate this novel — brutal, often boorish jinotaura uncouth — albeit on the right side of the law.
Definitely not for everyone’s tastes, The Minotaur’s Head and for that matter the previous three novels in the series will probably appeal to people who are seasoned noir readers — these books offer noir in its darkest connotation, in spots leaning toward the grotesque and surreal. People who read historical novels and are interested in this period may also like this one for its rich period detail, as would crime readers who are ready to step out of the norm and try something way above and out of the ordinary.
But do NOT make this your first foray into Krajewski’s world — start with Death in Breslau just to get a feel for Krajewski’s writing style, his characters and above all the darkness they inhabit. Apr 02, MJ rated it it was amazing Shelves: No i jeszcze ten klimat!
I’m not sure what to think. I dived in expecting a murder mystery investigation, and what I got was mainly a dissection of the lives of the various people involved in the investigation.
Of course there was the mystery, and it was eventually solved, but Shoving aside my expectations, this book was extravagantly interesting. It read like the translation it is, but I gloqa that added to its charm. The characters were all interesting, rather complicated, very human and most sin I’m not sure what to think.
The characters were all interesting, rather complicated, very human and most sinful. There was this atmosphere about the story, where it takes you from a slummy tavern full of criminals to the highest class of policing, two sides of the coin, and all the Latin and international ties Ai, it was a lot to take in.
I’m glad I bought the book, though. It’s worth a read, especially if you like a book that politely keeps its distance, for fear it’ll pull you in and bury you in its bog of a plot. Jun 04, Fika rated it liked it. Jul 07, Joanna rated it liked it.
Not bad crime story, perfect for lazy summer days. Unfortunately a little bit predictable and not so brilliant as Krajewski’s earlier works. I abandoned this bk. The typography was awful. I literally had trouble reading it.
Another cracking Eberhard Mock novel. This is my fourth Eberhard Mock book, though in truth, this book is really only half about Mock the other half being about Mock’s colleague, a Polish police officer in the city of Lwow what is now Lviv in the Ukraine.
I like the background of the Mock books, the s and 30s, and that they aremuch more than a “whodunit” but a character study of the times.
Aug 02, Barbara rated it really liked glowwa Shelves: Sep 12, monini rated it really liked it. I like the Eberhard Mock series a lot. This is another great example, although Ebi himself is not “on stage” as often as in the minotayra 3 books in the series I’ve read. As usual with th I like the Eberhard Mock series a lot. As usual with this series, the atmosphere of places that basically no longer exist is magnificently evoked. In this case, multicultural Lwow is described and contrasted both with Breslau and with Kattowitz Katowice in the months just before WWII started, yet after the Nazis had taken over Germany.
Nowhere is immune to darkness, perversion, and the evil that lurks in men’s souls, however. May 06, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: Two detectives one German and one Polish investigate a series of gloqa in s Germany and Poland.
Starts off mminotaura and has an unusual set-up, but quickly turns into a series of gruesome scenes with unsympathetic characters. This was quite a slog at first; the minootaura was slow, there were many characters to keep straight, and the Polish names were challenging to remember. I’d recommend this novel to fans of old-fashioned noir mysteries with a heavy dose of human depravity.
Aug 05, Kat rated it liked it Shelves: May 01, Leon Perlman rated it it was amazing. Aug 22, Goska A rated it it was amazing Shelves: I live in Lwow so I adore series about Edward Popielski.
I have read 3 of them in Ukrainian and the lateast one -Rzeki Hadesy – in Polish. Minotauar 16, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: The fourth and, so far, last of the Eberhard Mock series. Introduction of a superb new character, Popielski. Not for the feint of stomach.
Minootaura, dark and brutal. Jolanta Sokol rated it really liked it Dec 15, Lily rated it it was amazing Jan 04, Piotr rated it liked it Nov 12, Peter Van Prag rated it really liked it Oct 26, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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