I’m delighted to be reviewing “Lying and Dying”, by Graham Brack. It’s due to be published on 1st August.
About the book:
What do you do when the poison comes from within…?
The body of a young woman is found strangled by the side of the road. There are no obvious clues to what happened, apart from the discovery of a large amount of cash concealed on her person.
Lieutenant Josef Slonský is put in charge of the case. With a wry sense of humour, a strong stubborn streak and a penchant for pastries, Slonský is not overly popular with the rest of the police force. But he is paired with the freshly-graduated, overly-eager Navrátil, whom he immediately takes under his wing.
When fingers start to point inwards to someone familiar with police operations, Slonský and Navrátil are put in a difficult position.
If what they suspect is true, how deep does the corruption run? Are they willing to risk their careers in their pursuit of the truth?
Anyone could be lying – and others may be in danger of dying.
LYING AND DYING is the first international crime thriller in the detective series featuring Lieutenant Josef Slonský: an atmospheric police procedural full of dark humour.
JOSEF SLONSKÝ INVESTIGATIONS SERIES
BOOK ONE: Lying and Dying
BOOK TWO: Slaughter and Forgetting
BOOK THREE: Coming Soon!
*** NOTE: LYING AND DYING WAS PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AS THE OUTRAGEOUS BEHAVIOUR OF LEFT-HANDED DWARVES ***
The book opens with the discovery of a dead woman on the road, who is concealing a large amount of cash. Lieutenant Josef Slonský is on the case, along with his new partner, Navrátil, who has recently graduated.
With few clues to the woman’s identity, a picture is placed in the papers. In response, they receive a photograph of someone very familiar. Is it a case of corruption, or something bigger?
The novel is set in Prague in a cold February. It’s the first time I’ve read a book set in that particular part of Europe. I found the plot intriguing, it certainly kept the pages turning. I kept having to reread bits as the twists just kept coming and whilst I tried to work out whodunnit the author did a very good job of leading me up the garden path.
I loved the character of Slonský. He is hilarious, he drives all of his colleagues nuts and he is obsessed with food (he reminded me a bit of Montalbano). He is thought of as lazy, but he insists he just needs brain fuel. Navrátil does a good job of mostly asking questions on the reader’s behalf, but there are occasions when he proves he has brains.
I really enjoyed the novel and look forward to reading more from the author. I would give it 4*.