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Miłoszewski, Zygmunt, 1976-
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Uwiklanie. English
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London : Bitter Lemon Press, 2010.
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336 pages ; 20 cm
The morning after a grueling psychotherapy session in a Warsaw monastery, Henryk Telak is found dead. World-weary State Prosecutor Teodor Szacki feels that life has passed him by, but this case changes everything. His search for the killer unearths another murder that took place twenty years earlier-- and to facts that, for his own safety, he'd be better off not knowing.
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"First published in Polish as Uwiklanie by Wydawnictwo W.A.B., 2007"--T.p. verso.
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The morning after a gruelling group therapy session, Henry Talek is found dead, a roasting spit stuck in his eye. The case lands on the desk of Warsaw prosecutor Teodor Szacki. World-weary and suffering from bureaucratic exhaustion and marital ennui, Szacki feels that life has passed him by. But things are about to change, as his search for the killer unearths another murder that took place 20 years ago, before the fall of Communism. And why is the Secret Police taking such an intense interest in this particular case?

Author Notes

Born in Warsaw in 1975, Miloszewski 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 a crime novel 'Entanglement'. A sequel to the latter is under way. Antonia Lloyd-Jones is well known for her translations from the Polish of novels by Pawel Huelle such as Mercedes-Benz (shortlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction Award 2006) and Castorp (shortlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction Award 2007). Other authors she has translated include Ryszard Kapuscinski and Olga Tokarczuk.

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Booklist Review

If you are looking for a hard-nosed European police procedural, put Miloszewski's Entanglement high on your list. The setting is modern-day Warsaw, but the atmosphere at times is as gray and bleak as that of a cold war spy thriller. The protagonist, however, isn't Richard Widmark in a trench coat; rather, it's the spiffy-dressing prosecutor Teo Szacki. Prematurely gray at 35, Szacki is confronted by a corpse with a shish-kabob skewer in his eye. The body was discovered in a wing of a Catholic church that was rented out for an avant garde psychotherapy session in which participants act out traumatic events in their lives. The therapist conducting the session, as well as the members of the group, are middle-class folk with no untoward pasts. But Warsaw is a city with a past. The secret police may be out of power, but they are by no means incapable of looking out for themselves. Szacki, though not above bending the moral code in his favor, is a no-nonsense cop. He puts lawbreakers away, never mindthe extenuating circumstances. Is he up to taking on the old secret police? The answer Miloszewski gives is wholly realistic if a bit disappointing to those who would like a Hollywood ending (but ever so satisfying to the rest of us).--Glassman, Steve Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Miloszewski takes an engaging look at modern Polish society in this stellar first in a new series starring Warsaw prosecutor Teodor Szacki. Analyst Cezary Rudzki, the leader of a group therapy session, uses the innovative Family Constellation approach, in which each person pretends to be a relative of each other participant. When one of the four members of the group, Henryk Telak, turns up dead with a skewer through his eye, Szacki investigates. The victim's tragic circumstances-one child a suicide, another terminally ill-suggest to Szacki that a fellow patient got too absorbed in the role-playing and committed the murder as an expression of rage on the part of someone close to Telak. Szacki, who's undergoing a midlife crisis and has ambivalent feelings about his wife, considers an affair with a journalist hoping to get exclusive details on his inquiry. Readers will want to see more of the complex, sympathetic Szacki. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved