The morning after a gruelling psychotherapy session in a Warsaw monastery, Henryk Telak is found dead, a roasting spit stuck in one eye. The case lands on the desk of State Prosecutor Teodor Szacki. World-weary, suffering from bureaucratic exhaustion and marital ennui, Szacki feels that life has passed him by, but this case changes everything. He must steer his way among a gallery of colourful characters: a flirtatious young journalist, an eccentric psychiatrist, a lecherous police colleague and a paranoid historian. Szacki's search for the killer unearths another murder that took place twenty years earlier, before the fall of Communism. The trail leads to facts that, for his own safety, he'd be better off not knowing.
This is an exquisitely crafted and witty mystery story. Polish literature can boast a real master.A" Jerzy Pilch, author of The Mighty Angel MiAoszewski's tightly plotted crime novel is impressive; contemporary Warsaw is perfectly rendered.A" Przekroj Magazine
Zygmunt MiAoszewski, born in Warsaw in 1975, is a reporter and editor currently working for Newsweek. His first novel, The Intercom, was published in 2005 to high acclaim. In 2006 he published his novel for young readers, The Adder Mountains, and in 2007 the crime novel Entanglement. The author is now working on screenplays based on The Intercom and Entanglement. He is currently also writing a sequel to the latter, also featuring Teodor Szacki .