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Title:
A grain of truth
Author:
Miłoszewski, Zygmunt, 1976-
Uniform Title:
Ziarno prawdy. English
Publication Information:
London : Bitter Lemon, [2012]

©2012
Physical Description:
380 pages ; 20 cm
Summary:
It is spring 2009, and prosecutor Teodor Szacki is no longer working in Warsaw--he has said goodbye to his family and to his career in the capital and moved to Sandomierz, a picturesque town full of churches and museums. Hoping to start a "brave new life, " Szacki instead finds himself investigating a strange murder case in surroundings both alien and unfriendly. The victim is found brutally murdered, her body drained of blood. The killing bears the hallmarks of legendary Jewish ritual slaughter, prompting a wave of anti-Semitic paranoia in the town, where everyone knows everyone. The murdered woman's husband is bereft, but when Szacki discovers that she had a lover, the husband becomes the prime suspect. Before there's time to arrest him, he is found murdered in similar circumstances. In his investigation Szacki must wrestle with the painful tangle of Polish-Jewish relations and something that happened more than sixty years earlier.
General Note:
A novel.

"First published in Polish as Ziarno prawdy by Wydawnictwo W.A.B., 2011"--T.p. verso.

"A second case for Polish State Prosecutor Teodor Szacki"--cover.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781908524027
Format :
Book

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Praise for the first novel in the Teodor Szacki series:

"In Entanglement Miloszewski takes an engaging look at modern Polish society in this stellar first in a new series starring Warsaw prosecutor Teodor Szacki. Readers will want to see more of the complex, sympathetic Szacki."-- Publishers Weekly

It is spring 2009, and prosecutor Szacki is no longer working in Warsaw--he has said goodbye to his family and to his career in the capital and moved to Sandomierz, a picturesque town full of churches and museums. Hoping to start a "brave new life," Szacki instead finds himself investigating a strange murder case in surroundings both alien and unfriendly.

The victim is found brutally murdered, her body drained of blood. The killing bears the hallmarks of legendary Jewish ritual slaughter, prompting a wave of anti-Semitic paranoia in the town, where everyone knows everyone. The murdered woman's husband is bereft, but when Szacki discovers that she had a lover, the husband becomes the prime suspect. Before there's time to arrest him, he is found murdered in similar circumstances. In his investigation Szacki must wrestle with the painful tangle of Polish-Jewish relations and something that happened more than sixty years earlier.

Zygmunt Miloszewski was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1975. His first novel The Intercom was published in 2005 to high acclaim. In 2006 he published The Adder Mountains ; in 2010, the crime novel Entanglement ; and this year its sequel, A Grain of Truth .



Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Polish mystery writer Miloszewski's first novel, Entanglement (2010), earned the High Calibre Award and was made into a movie. This second in the series finds state prosecutor Teodor Szacki tackling anti-Semitism in Poland. Szacki has left Warsaw after ending his marriage and settled in Sandomierz, a picturesque town with beautiful churches and museums. As an outsider, he is not welcomed by the residents. When a woman is found dead with her body completely drained of blood, Szacki investigates, despite the lack of cooperation from the local police. The killing looks like ritual slaughter, and it triggers anti-Semitic paranoia in the close-knit community. Szacki must face the painful history of Polish-Jewish relations and the aftermath of an event that occurred 60 years earlier. Miloszewski's compelling mystery offers a revealing glimpse of life in modern Poland, a country still dealing with its complicated past.--Bibel, Barbara Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

A smart plot, an engagingly acerbic lead, and a nuanced portrayal of 2009 Poland lift Miloszewski's second mystery featuring Warsaw prosecutor Teodor Szacki (after 2010's Entanglement). After breaking up a human-trafficking ring in the provincial city of Sandomierz, Szacki decides to move there to begin his life anew, though he's soon disillusioned ("he had thrown the life he had spent years building down the toilet in exchange for a sodding pipe dream, and now he was left with nothing"). When someone repeatedly slashes the throat of Elzbieta Budnik and leaves her nude corpse on display in a ravine below Sandomierz's medieval walls, Szacki welcomes the chance to look into a serious crime. Discovery that the murder weapon was a knife used by Jewish butchers leads to speculation that Budnik was killed as a ritual sacrifice. More deaths follow, building up to an ingenious fair-play solution that matches the clever depiction of the protagonist's midlife crisis. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.