Professional killings aren't common in Bratislava. Could the two deaths be connected? Before Jana can even begin investigating, she is transferred to The Hague, headquarters of the international police force of Europol. On the flight, she encounters a retired magician who turns out to be the dead student's uncle. He wants to help Jana investigate his nephew's death. And his help is needed, as Jana is soon confronted with an international conspiracy emanating from Europol itself.
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For some reason I never read it and over the years it became buried in a flood of other kindle books. I happened upon it recently and I am so glad that I finally read it. I found this to be a very well written, fast paced and complex thriller. To the point that I actually read late into the night to finish it- something that almost never happens.
I tend to conk out after a few pages: I did ultimately figure out the underlying conspiracy before the main character but I think only because it happened to relate to a business with which I am very familiar. I also found the details about The Hague and Europol very interesting. Embarrassed to say that I thought "Europol" was a fictional organization- it's not. There were only a couple of what I call "logic fails" I really dislike it when the main character brushes off something that should logically be their number one priority but they were only mildly distracting and didn't ruin the book.
This is a distinctly Central European thriller. Although the author is an American, it is clear that he has had extensive experience in Central Europe. His style, syntax, and the atmosphere he creates are exactly what I expect from translations of authors native to the region.
For most of the book, there isn't a "warm, fuzzy" feeling toward the characters. I definitely felt more respect than fondness for Commander Jana. By the end though, I enjoyed her enough that I am going to buy the next book. But given how this book begins, I won't go back and read the first two Jana books- too sad to think about. Doing a little detective work of my own, I think I have figured out why I didn't read this four years ago. When I tried to go to the book from my account orders page, I got the Amazon "We're sorry page not found" message.
And when I found the book through the search function it didn't have the usual "You purchased this book on July 10, " banner. Reading the reviews from I noticed that several reviewers mentioned editing problems.
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If I started the book and found numerous editing errors, I would have abandoned it. My guess is that the book went through one of Amazon's automatic updates to correct the editing don't you just love kindle? I certainly didn't notice any major editing issues. They always seem to know where she is, whereas she has no idea who they are or what's driving them. The plot starts out strong with two assassinations, one of them a student and the other Peter Saris, a high level prosecutor. Jana's not allowed to work on Peter's case, because they were lovers.
The only way her boss can keep Jana from investigating is to send her into a kind of professional exile I've been following the series, and I really like Jana. She has deep feelings, but she controls them by staying focused on her objective - in this case, retribution for Peter. She has a wry sense of humor and is not afraid to exercise it on her boss. And her marksmanship is as astonishing as that of any male superhero.
My other favorite character in this book is the magician, an old white-haired charmer known as the professor. It's quite entertaining to watch him insinuate himself into the role of Jana's helper, over her protests. The action doesn't stay in Bratislava, but also takes us to The Hague and Vienna. Unfortunately Jana's too busy dodging assassins to do much sightseeing.
But we do get a sense of what it's like to be a cop from Slovakia, so I find the setting of this series pretty exotic. This may not be a perfect book perhaps the gunplay is a bit unrealistic , but I'm giving it five stars just for being so original and engaging. I've enjoyed every book in the series so far, and look forward to the next.
One person found this helpful. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later. A Jana Matinova Investigation Series: Titles in Order Sort by: Latest to First First to Latest. Requiem for a Gypsy. But could she have been the primary target? An indigent student has been shot and killed in an upscale hotel in the center of Bratislava.
It appears to be a professional assassination, but who would want to kill a starving student? After examining the crime scene, Jana Matinova pays a visit to her lover, a government prosecutor. Jana is devastated but determined to find his murderer. Could the two deaths be connected? Before Jana can even begin investigating, she is transferred to The Hague, headquarters of the international police force of Europol. And his help is needed, as Jana is soon confronted with an international conspiracy emanating from Europol itself.
Sofia suffered a brutal crime at the hands of a Communist Party bigwig, whom Jana vowed to bring to justice someday. Jana is now a commander in the Slovak police force, and Sofia is a member of parliament, engaged in a scandalous affair with a married fellow MP.