Investigator Petric makes his living from the dead. Lately business has been slow. Condoned killing has displaced the crime of passion. His services with the civil police as a homicide investigator have been less in demand. Unluckily, one premeditated death does call for inquiry. It is no abused lover or distant sniper's victim, but a government official shot dead at close range -- the chief of the Interior Ministry's special police.
In a thriller that recalls the first excitement of Martin Cruz Smith's Moscow, author Dan Fesperman brilliantly renders the fragmented society and underworld of Sarajevo at war -- the freelancing gangsters, guilty bystanders, drop-in correspondents, the bureaucrats frightened for their jobs and for their very lives -- and weaves through this tom cityscape one man's desperate, deadly pursuit of the wrong people in the wrongest place.