Phantoms of Breslau

Translated by Danusia Stok

Part of Melville International Crime

Breslau, 1919: The hideously battered, naked bodies of four sailors are discovered on an island in the River Oder. As he pieces together the elements of this brutal crime, which has disturbing overtones of the supernatural, Criminal Assistant Mock combs the brothels and drinking dens of Breslau and is drawn into an dangerous game: it seems that anyone he questions during the course of the investigation is destined to become the next victim.

At the same time, he is haunted by appalling nightmares; only nights spent drinking and carousing can keep his demons at bay.

Dark, sophisticated and uncompromising, the distinctive Breslau series has already received broad critical acclaim. Phantoms of Breslau confirms Eberhard Mock as the most outrageous and original detective in crime fiction.

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, including English, French, German, and Italian.

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

“Easily one of the most original protagonists of recent (or distant) memory, Mock is by turns amusing and poignant, insightful and cringe-worthy. He moves in a vividly portrayed milieu, and if he is often one step behind the villain, he keeps one step ahead of the reader, which is endlessly entertaining. This is the first Mock book I’ve read, and it won’t be the last.” —Bookpage

Praise for Death and Breslau:

”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.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

”Krajewski’s thriller…will intrigue and compel readers to its end.” —New York Daily News

”Krajewski has Mankell’s sharp eye for detail, but he has, too, a more sophisticated frame of reference that may intrigue fans of Umberto Eco and Boris Akunin … Death in Breslau is a stylish, intelligent and original addition to the canon.” —Financial Times

”It ought to be inappropriate to enjoy reading about Nazis this much.” —Boston Globe

”Atmosphere and piquant period detail saturate the pages, and push these books into the upper echelons of literary crime … Krajewski’s lacerating narrative performs the key function of the skilful novelist: providing an entree into a world far from our own.” —The Times (UK)