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Koniec świata w Breslau (Eberhard Mock #2)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  653 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
The second installment in the darkly intelligent series that The Independent called “As noir as they get.”

1927, Breslau, Poland: Two elaborate and sadistic murders are discovered within days of each other. The body of an unknown musician, bound and gagged, is found behind a false wall in a shoemaker’s workshop. The victim had been sealed in alive. Elsewhere in the city, th
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Paperback, 318 pages
Published 2006 by POLITYKA Spółdzielnia Pracy / WAB (first published 2003)
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Nancy Oakes
Eberhard Mock is back in yet another adventure, this one involving a series of bizarre murders whose victims seem to have no connection to one another, yet which the police know have been done by the same person.

It's 1960, and Eberhard Mock is in New York City, dying of lung cancer. His old friend Herbert Anwaldt (who first appeared in Krajewski's Death in Breslau) comes to see him and Mock has a "confession" he needs to get off of his chest before he departs this earthly life. Flash back in ti
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Jim Coughenour
Here's a book that lives up to its cover. I enjoyed it as much as Death in Breslau – which is not always the case with a sequel. Curiously: the first book was set in the early 1930s; the second is set in 1927. The third in the series, The Phantoms of Breslua, is set in 1919. Are we going to end up with a perverse child detective? Wouldn't be surprised.

Krajewski's books are whacked. His star detective, Eberhard Mock, is an alcoholic bully and wife-beater – and that's just for starters. The murder
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Mandarynka
Jun 08, 2013 Mandarynka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Pierwsza ofiara przykuta do ściany i żywcem zamurowana, druga poćwiartowana, trzecia..., kolejna... , a przy każdej - kartka z kalendarza. Sprawa, jak nic, dla Eberharda Mocka, tylko że pan radca ma inne problemy na głowie.

Jest zima 1927 roku, a od "sprawy czterech marynarzy" ("Widma w mieście Breslau") upłynęło 8 lat i sporo się zmieniło. Mock doczekał się upragnionego przeniesienia do wydziału kryminalnego i awansował na wiceszefa tegoż wydziału (dość niezwykłe okoliczności owego awansu opisał
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Monika
Apr 28, 2016 Monika added it
Drugi kryminał Krajewskiego, podobał mi się już bardziej niż pierwszy. Nie wiem, czy to kwestia mojego przyzwyczajenia się do jego stylu, czy autora wytrenowanie warsztatu. Tym razem powtarzanie zbrodni po latach ma być zwiastunem końca świata.
Mimo wszystko muszę sobie zrobić przerwę od tego autora.
Daria Ravlic
Mock mu uuuuuužasno ide na živce.
Justyna
Nov 04, 2016 Justyna rated it did not like it
Ponura, a do tego seksistowska, brednia. Książka zapowiada się z początku dobrze, intryga kryminalna zaciekawia a życie rodzinne protagonisty wstępnie pozwala się przejąć. Niestety im dalej, tym gorzej. Intryga nie rozwija się, tylko rozpełza w różnych kierunkach bez ładu i składu. Ostatecznie autor serwuje nam kompletnie niewiarygodne motywy zbrodni, zbrodniarzy, którzy są nam kompletnie obojętni oraz pozbawioną sensu puentę. Nie lepiej jest z dramatem rodzinnym, ponieważ szybko staje się jasne ...more
Kasia
Dec 19, 2016 Kasia rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, 2016
O wiele lepsza niż poprzednia, mniej polityki i od razu się lepiej czyta :)
Col
Mar 13, 2013 Col rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, k
Blurb/synopsis..........
Breslau in the 1920s is haunt of marquises and merchants, gamblers and gutter-rats. Eberhard Mock, the hardened Criminal Councillor, fits right in as he sways from the basements of grubby casinos to his beautiful young wife in their palatial mansion.
But his beautiful young wife is feeling neglected. A series of sinister murders linked by the dates of past crimes has taken Mock out of the bedroom and into the archives. While Mock ransacks the city for clues, driven mad by
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Reinhold
Dec 08, 2008 Reinhold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Breslau - noch Deutschland - anno domini 1927. In der Stadt folgt ein Mord auf den anderen. Zuerst wird ein seit Monaten eingemauerter Mann gefunden. Als nächster taucht die Leiche eines jungen Mannes auf - in die kleinsten Einzelteile zerlegt. Und das Morden nimmt kein Ende. All die Toten haben nichts gemeinsam, außer dass man bei ihnen jeweils ein Kalenderblatt findet, das den Todestag definiert. Die Ermittlungen liegen in den Händen des trink- und selbstsüchtigen Kriminalrat Mock, der seine M ...more
Curt Buchmeier
Aug 01, 2014 Curt Buchmeier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading the first two installments in Krajewski's Inspector Mock series has been, well, a learning experience & a fun ride. Great detail, but not overdone, & well constructed characters. Early twentieth century Breslau, then a German city, now Wrocław in Western Poland, is a classic setting for a noir-style mystery novel. I enjoyed both of these books very much.
Much attention is paid to the antagonists love of latin & early education in the classics. He drinks to excess, is a WWI ve
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Trilby
I picked this book off the shelf in the library because it has "Breslau" in the title. Having read a half dozen historical novels set in Breslau (now Wroclaw), I was curious about this noir (as it says on the dust jacket) mystery. Yes, it is definitely noir, a glimpse into the criminal world of 1920's Eastern Europe. All of the characters, including the protagonist, are pretty sorry excuses for human beings. I liked the descriptions of the heart-clogging food and drink constantly being forked an ...more
Kat
Jun 05, 2015 Kat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
ojojoj, słabo, słabiutko w porównaniu z częścią 1 wypada "Koniec świata...". i nie chodzi o to, że 99% kobiet w tej opowieści puszcza się na prawo i lewo w różnych konfiguracjach i z coraz to wymyślniejszymi dewiantami; nie przeszkadza mi szorstki, dosadny język, obleśne opisy, to, że co drugi facet jest/był/na pewno będzie alkoholikiem i/lub frustratem seksualnym. taki jest świat widziany oczami Mocka. ale. no tak. na wstępie pomyślałam, że dam tej książce 4 gwiazdki i zobaczę, czy je obroni. j ...more
Alex Angulo
Apr 08, 2016 Alex Angulo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ha mejorado mucho con relación al anterior, en el sentido en la facilidad para leerlo incluso siendo una novela de origen polaco. Me parece que el autor deja algunos detalles como son las complicadas rutas que usa el protagonista para desplazarse, sobre todo eran complicadas por el nombre de las mismas, ahora centra su buena prosa en la descripción de entornos y situaciones, lo cual ayuda bastante.

Me gusta que la novela siga teniendo ese tinte oscuro de tiempos pasados, donde la vida era más dur
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Robert Intriago
Aug 18, 2010 Robert Intriago rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-noir
The book was divided into two parts for me. Before the third murder and after. I found the before a little slow, but interesting. The after is excellent, fast paced, seedy, dark and all those qualities that make a crime noir hard to put down. The protagonist is captivating and one of the most human characters in crime noir. He does a couple of things that reminded me of Bruen's Taylor. He is violent, ill tempered and drinks too much but he is also intelligent and insightful.

The narrative at time
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Barbara McVeigh
This book will make you flinch: It's a graphic mix of sex, corruption and violence, and even a simple description of a man pulling out his rotting teeth will make you want to turn away from the pages. All of the characters are bad, bad people - depraved and immoral - yet I love to read Krajewski's books.

The End of the World in Breslau is not as tightly structured as its predecessor, Death in Breslau, but it still kept me enthralled. I'm not quite sure what to make of the world of Elizabeth and
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Anna
Jan 29, 2008 Anna rated it really liked it
Eberhard Mock has to solve the case of serial killer in Breslau - he murders people with any key and leaves a card from a calendar on each body. Because of investigation Mock neglects his young wife, Sophie, who joins to weird sect believing that the world's end is near. There are beautiful women, morphine addicts and members of secret societies. Breslau full of dark corners, alleys and desires - the thick atmosphere is more important than who killed?.
Aoife
Sorry but different times or not, I have no interest in reading about another poor detective who suffers because his horrible wife demands that he spends more time with her and less drinking with his friends.
Theut
Feb 24, 2015 Theut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seconda avventura per il Kriminaldirector Mock. Questa volta l'indagine, decisamente più sanguinolenta, ha catturato maggiormente la mia attenzione. Ormai mi sono quasi abituata ai salti temporali nella narrazione... l'unico problema sarà ritornare a Wroclaw senza avere timore ;)
Clumsy
brutto libro francamente (c’è sempre la possibilità di un editing fatto non proprio sapientemente). non riesce a coinvolgere nemmeno un po’. mi rimane il dubbio di aver sbagliato a non iniziare con il primo...
Russell Olson
Definitely my favorite in the series. I need to revisit the last few pages just to straighten things out, but man, what character development. I can't wait for more of Krajewski's work to be translated.
Liz Amaral
Jan 04, 2014 Liz Amaral rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is terrific author. Was recommended to me by small local bookshop. The setting and the mood is dark, strongly evocative of time and place.
Rlcohen
Jul 10, 2013 Rlcohen rated it liked it
This was really noir. I did end up skipping through some sections that were tedious but I did find the characters interesting. I'm debating whether or not to read the next one.
Anna
Mar 26, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: marek-krajewski
I've never read about one of my favourite cities that it is so dark and gloomy! Mystery is lurking around the corner... and the answer to it is in the history of the city. Really like it.
Mandarynkowa
Oct 01, 2014 Mandarynkowa rated it liked it
wybitnie rozczarowujący kryminał ze wspaniale zarysowanym obrazem przedwojennego Wrocławia w tle. świetne pióro autora przyćmione frustrującym i zupełnie nieporadnym zakończeniem. szkoda.
Arthur Mitchell
Jun 27, 2013 Arthur Mitchell rated it really liked it
1920's noir. Excellent. I read it in English. Can't find the book title on Goodreads. The English translation is "The End Of The World in Breslau"
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Polish classical philologist, specialist in Latin linguistics, former academic teacher of University of Wrocław. Author of very popular series about Eberhard Mock and interwar Wrocław. In 2005 he got Polityka's Passport and Big Calbier Award for best crime story of 2003
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