Lie in the Dark

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SOHO, 1999 - Fiction - 282 pages
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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.

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User Review  - jayne_charles - LibraryThing

This book is highly instructive about a war that occurred in recent years, it features some finely constructed characters and is written in competent style. I'm finding it hard to explain, even to ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

What's one more casualty in war-torn Sarajevo? Big trouble for a homicide investigator struggling to keep his balance on the Bosnian tightrope in this darkly suspenseful first novel. Though life isn't ... Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Dan Fesperman is a journalist for The Baltimore Sun.

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