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The Minotaur’s Head

An Inspector Mock Investigation

Translated by Danusia Stok

Part of Melville International Crime

Breslau, 1939: When Captain Eberhard Mock is called from his New Year’s Eve revelries to attend a particularly grisly crime scene, his notoriously robust stomach is turned. A young girl—and suspected spy—has been found dead in her hotel room, the flesh torn from her cheek by her assailant’s teeth. Ill at ease with the increasingly open integration of SS, Gestapo, and police, Mock is relieved to be assigned to liaise with officers in Lvov, Poland, where a series of similar crimes—as yet unsolved—cast a long shadow over the town.

In Lvov, he joins the ongoing investigation conducted by Commissioner Popielksi, a fellow classicist who relies on a highly unorthodox method of deduction. Meanwhile, Popielski is worried about the behavior of his only daughter, Rita. Unbeknownst to her father, she has started receiving letters from an ardent secret admirer.

Eberhard Mock—older, a little wiser, but still a libertine at heart and equally at home in the underworld as in the ranks of authority—once again confirms his position as the most outrageous and unpredictable detective in crime fiction. The Minotaur’s Head is a stunning conclusion to the series The Independent calls “as noir as they get.”

MAREK KRAJEWSKI is an award-winning Polish crime writer and linguist. He is best known for his series of five Chandleresque novels set in pre-war Wrocław (which was, at the time, Breslau) with the policeman Eberhard Mock as the protagonist. These novels have been translated into 14 languages: English, French, German, and Italian, among others.

DANUSIA STOK is the translator of all five books in the Inspector Mock series, as well as The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski.

”Marek Krajewski has done what many have tried to do – capture the multi-ethnic and culturally vibrant world of Poland before the destruction of WWII in a way that is simultaneously affectionate, terrifying, stylish and realistic.” —Gregg Hurwitz, Mystery People

”Plugs you straight in to the excesses of pre-war Europe, a world which Mock bestrides like some horny, brilliantined walrus.” The Metro

”So brilliantly evocative that you can smell the cigar smoke and taste the herrings and the beer as you read.” —Euro Crime

”A must for any fan of Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther,” The Times of London

”Mock’s fourth case, filled with incisive period detail, features not one but two singular detectives at its core.”Kirkus

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