Author: Zygmunt Miloszewski
Pub Date: PL July 2007 | UK August 2010
My Rating: ★★★★★
Sunday, 5th June 2005
The revived Jarocin festival is a big success, with ten thousand people listening to rock bands Dżem, Armia and TSA. The JP2 generation takes place in the annual prayer meeting at Lednica. Zbigniew Religa, cardiac surgeon and politician, has announced that he will run for President and that he wants to be “candidate for national reconciliation”. At the tenth anniversary “Aviation Picnic” air show held in Góraszka, two F-16 fighters are on display, prompting an enthusiastic response from the crowd. In Baku the Polish team trash Azerbaijan 3-0, despite a poor display, and the Azerbaijani trainer beats up the referee. In Warsaw, police distribute grisly photos of car-crash victims to drivers as a warning. In the suburb of Mokotów a number 112 bus catches fire, and on Kinowa Street an ambulance overturns while carrying a liver for transplant. The driver, a nurse and a doctor are taken to hospital with bruising, the liver is unharmed and is transplanted that same day into a patient at the hospital on Stefana Banacha Street. Maximum temperature in the capital – twenty degrees, with showers.
It is the day and state of Warsaw, Poland when a man is found dead with a roasting spit stuck in one eye. He is discovered by one of fellow therapy group members. The case is taken by prosecutor Teodor Szacki. You wouldn’t suspect how twisted the case will be, and how far in the history of both Poland and the deceased, Szacki will have to go to find out the truth. The story is deeply rooted in Warsaw; each chapter starts with a short intro on what is happening in Warsaw, Poland and world like the one I quoted above. The crime is also strongly related to Communist times in Poland. But those are not things that will prevent you from enjoying this great mystery, they are exceptional and add a lot to a story when you understand them, but still, I believe that the story is as solid without them.