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Death In Breslau (Eberhard Mock #1)

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Breslau was a German city on the border of Czechoslovakia. It is now, since World War II, Wroclaw, in Poland. Marek Krajewski has written a quartet of novels which unfold the history of this exceptional city, standing on the faultline and crossroads of 20th century Europe. In Breslau 1933: the mutilated body of a young woman, an aristocrat, is found dead on a train. Scorpi...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published by Quercus Books (first published 1999)
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Christian Dumais
It’s difficult to wander any bookstore in Poland without coming across a shelf devoted to Krajewski’s quartet of Breslau books, which include, in order, Death in Breslau, The End of the World in Breslau, Ghosts in the City of Breslau, and Breslau Fortress; and I was thrilled when I discovered a translated copy of the first book in a bookstore in Berlin. My interest in reading this series in particular – outside of learning about a new Polish author – was that the books were set in (you guessed i...more
„Смърт в Бреслау” на Марек Крайевски успя да ме изненада доста силно. Очаквах криминално приключение, което малко или много да попада в клишето, с единствената разлика, че действието се развива няколко години преди Втората световна война в днешна Полша.

Началото на романа започва с мистериозното, дори мистично убийство на Мариета фон дер Малтен и нейната гувернантка. Двете са изнасилени и убити, а коремът на Мариета е разрязан и в него са поставени скорпиони. Доста зловещо, като добавим и тайнств...more
Христо Блажев
Смърт от жилото на скорпион:

Това е зло. Чисто зло зад зла корица. Роман, в който ни един герой не е протагонист, няма ни капчица трепетна любов, нито каквото и да е позитивно чувство, възвишен порив или неегоистично действие. “Смърт в Бреслау” започва в лудница и със скорпиони, продължава с кошмарни изнасилване и убийство – и после става по-лошо.

Силно подозирам, че Марек Крайевски е написал най-мизантропския роман, който съм чел някога – всички в него са...more
Nancy Martira
Breslau, 1934. The head of the local police, Eberhard Mock, enjoys playing strip-chess with prostitutes. This is perhaps his most endearing quality, as he is a corrupt sadist. Herbert Anwaldt is an alcoholic grown-up orphan with an education in the classics. His commander in Berlin has had it with him and is only too happy to ship him off to Bresalu on an errand. Together, Mock and Anwaldt must solve the murder of Baron von der Malten's daughter: the young woman was attacked in her train car, ra...more
Barbara McVeigh
The Independent described this book “as noir as they get”. I also love some of the other reviews. They give you a sense of the muscle in the book:

“A dark and compelling novel, full of perverse sex and violence as the world begins to spin off its axis.”
-The Mail on Sunday

“The city of Breslau is as much a character in this thriller as the parade of gothic loons that inhabit it...This addictive soup has an air of burlesque about it.”
-The Daily Telegraph

“Krajewski relishes the period detail as takes
Nancy Oakes
First in a series of five novels, Death in Breslau might just possibly be my favorite crime fiction novel so far this year. I hadn't even finished this book and bought the next two, The End of the World in Breslau and The Phantoms of Breslau. If the cover doesn't grab you, the story will.

The story begins in 1950 in a Dresden psychiatric hospital, where the director is being pressed by a Stasi official who wants to question the patient named Herbert Anwaldt. Herbert Anwaldt's identity and the rea...more
Very dark, historical crime novel with policemen who are violent, drink too much, extort and whore as protagonists. Underneath all the evil and violence, it is book about lonely people longing to belong and seeking escape from this harsh reality. And it is a book about a society that's disappeared under the politics of war.

The characters are way more complex and interesting than the standard fare coming in shovel-loads out of the "land of the brave and the free". In these pages, you won't find y...more
Alex Marshall
Hey, Goodreads, Krajewski is in English now, you know? This is a good, tough, even funny read (if it's Death in Breslau, that is) if you can accept that the um, hero, Inspector Mock, is a corrupt cop in a corrupt age, doing what he has to to get by. And what he has to do ain't nice. It wouldn't be, would it, in an outpost of the Reich where the Gestapo are moving in on the action. There are no heroes, really, or even sympathetic characters other than the innocent victims. The other one I've read...more
This is the type of book I wouldn't normally read as it very dark and gritty, but was recommended to me so gave it a read.
It's an interesting story of a corrupt police office working in the town of Breslau in Germany during the 1930's. It tells the story of the murder of a young girl and the investigation to find murderer. It's not the typical detective story, it very dark with plenty of murder and corrupt police officers who don't think twice about killing someone to get some information. Ther...more
Somewhat disappointing novel after the reviews that made it sound more interesting than the relatively banal thriller/mystery it turned out to be with centuries long grudges, agents that could do anything until they ran afoul of the author so to speak, etc

Some good parts here and there - the cynical attitude of the main character and the all around depravity - but overall the novel does not transcend its genre and as I said many times, you read a thriller, you read all and I mostly got bored rat...more
Do editors still read books before they are published? It's hard to know if the bad writing in this book is due to the translator or the author. The translator clearly isn't fluent in English, often using incorrect words when clearly something else is intended. For instance, literary digression is referred to as "retardation", and "pushy" is used when what is meant is "horny." (That reference comes in a discussion of a quote from the ancient author "Hezjod", whom I thought must be some heretofor...more
Harris Allgeier
Can you have too mush of a good (or in this case, bad) thing? Krajewski's first entry in a planned quintet of detective novels is, to quote the cover blurb, "as noir as they get". As an avid reader of American noir fiction this was the only recommendation I needed. However the novel is so abysmally dark, the characters corrupt and violently sadistic to such an extreme, that by end of the novel I just wanted to put the book down and walk away from all the characters involved.

The setup occurs in 1...more
As someone else stated, "Why did I read this?" The book seemed to have potential: a murder in Breslau during 1933/1934 as the rise of Hitler and the Gestapo begins to take over the German government. The police are trying to work cases while by-passing any Nazi interference. Sounds good. But: the story veers into corruption and debauchery along with a winding tale of why the murder came to be. Too much and by the end, I just didn't care anymore. Sorry~
Stela Markova
Марек Крайевски с привидна лекота се превърна в един от любимите ми автори. Усещане за детайла, уверено превеждане през лабиринитите на различни човешки типажи, щипка черен хумор и въобще всичко, което един непочитател на кримките може да иска и да получи от подобен исторически криминален роман.
Giving up. This book is a disappointment; artificial and contrived. The translation is awkward. There are better places to put my time. It's a pity because there are one or two sections where the writing does come to life....
Wrocław, rok 1933. W brutalny sposób zostaje zamordowana młoda baronówna. Radca kryminalny, Eberhard Mock, szuka mordercy, który rozciął brzuch młodej dziewczynie i umieścił w jej trzewiach zabójcze skorpiony. W tle przewija się panorama międzywojennego Wrocławia, oddana w dokładny sposób, od stanu architektonicznego miasta, aż po ulubione rozrywki jego prominentnych mieszkańców.

I to jest największy problem z książką Krajewskiego. Bo choć zagadka jest ciekawa, choć czytelnik oczekuje na jej rozw...more
Петър Панчев
Цялото ревю тук:
Точно такава книга за пръв път чета. Представях си добре подредено криминале, напудрено със смели интерпретации от историята, но получих доста сполучлива комбинация от убийства, разследване, разгул и нездрави сексуални страсти - достатъчно зловеща, за да прикове вниманието ми. Изобщо не бях чувал за Марек Крайевски - полски автор с вече набъбнала библиография. Голямо впечатление ми направиха кориците на книгите му, които показват недвусми...more
Very dark, but very entertaining. I look forward to reading more in the series.
The English title is "Death in Breslau", and the book is translated into English. This is a great find and luckily they are now translating a lot of different author from different countries. I was introduced to this and and other authors from Poland by the International New York Times article. This was an outstanding novel by Marek Krajewski, set in 1933 Breslau (Wroclaw, Poland now, Prussia then). The writing is smooth, and concise, and intensely descriptive of some brutal crimes. An excellent...more
Rob Kitchin
This book should have been right up my street – strong characters, historical pre-World War II setting, interesting plot – but it just never clicked for me. I did enjoy it, but I felt I should have loved it. Somehow it fell a little flat. I’ve been trying to work out why. I think part of the problem is that every character in the book is highly flawed and criminally inclined. All the female characters are prostitutes or madams, all the male characters are police or Gestapo or aristocracy, all hi...more
This is a dark, noir novel, which is both bizarre and extreme. In the heat of a pre-war summer a seventeen year old girl and her governess are discovered murdered in a railway carriage, with their intestines and stomach slashed, scorpion's in the stomach cavity of the girl and strange writing, in blood on the wall. Enter Councsellor Eberhard Mock, the Deputy Head of the Criminal Department of the Police Praesidium, who knew the young girl since she was a child and owes much of his career to her...more
Robert Carraher
Conjuring visions of rain slick leather trench coats, decadent Nazi night clubs and brothels, secret cults and ancient curses. Marek Krajewski gives us an atmospheric noir novel from a Europe in the grips of fear. Fear of the Gestapo, fear of our neighbors, fear of the occult and fear of wakening the next day to only find that things can get worse.

Death In Breslau is a historic crime novel set in the pre WWII German city of Breslau (now the Polish city of Wrocław) and is part of the Breslau quar...more
The book is set in Breslau a pre-WW2 town in Germany in 1933, subsequently Polish post-war.

In a nutshell, a triple murder, double rape has occurred and Mock the policeman or Kriminaldirektor is tasked with solving the case. Most of the narrative takes place during 1933, with the concluding passage wrapping things up in 1951.

I’m undecided as to my feelings about the book overall. Clichés such as un-put-down-able or page-turner definitely don’t apply in this instance. Occasionally you read a book...more
John Brooke
On the cover of my copy, over the title, a quote from a review in a British newspaper says “As noir as they get.” That is right on.

This is my first turn with Inspector Eberhard Mock, a high-ranking, totally corrupt cop in pre-war, Nazi-occupied Poland, based in the Silesian city of Breslau. Like Phillip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther stories, this one aptly conveys the bizarre decadence and breathtaking cruelty swirling around the rise of Hitler.

I have to say the humor here is more to my taste than Kerr...more
I’ve heard a lot about Marek Krajewski and I knew he must be great writer as his book were translated into english. Literature isn’t common export in Poland, so if polish book is translated into english, it means it must be good. I got “Death in Breaslau” as a gift so it was great opportunity to finally dig into Krajewski’s work.

“Death in Breslau” starts with really good prologue. It’s plants interest in you and makes you automatically go to first chapter for more. Personally, for me it was even...more
This is a work of historical fiction by a Polish crime-writer of distinction. Set in the pre-World War II period when Breslau was under German dominion, this is atmospheric stuff. Eberhard Mock is a chief investigator with a delicious sense of politicking - he manages to play off the Gestapo against the Abwehr and maintain his own precarious independence. He is not a kindly man, not above brutalising witnesses to elicit information, but he is a man of honour, and absolutely determined to bring d...more
This complex murder mystery plays out in the early days of the Nazi regime, in Breslau, Germany, a city that is now in Poland. The investigation of the bizarre murder is complicated by shifting power structures and loyalties. At the same time, Breslau is a city full of debauchery, which also weaves its way into the story. At the same time, we see events of the past influencing the present, including the investigation.

I found it hard to truly like the characters, even the likeable ones, because i...more
This is certainly like no other police procedural novel I've ever read. The issues of performing criminal investigations in a city controlled by Nazi government with the Gestapo installed in town were interesting. However, the main police characters are as amoral as the Gestapo.

All in all, the plot itself is rather contrived.

The translation seemed awkward. The police have "holds" on various people for transgressions, and this was translated frequently as 'vice', whereas it should be 'vise' (i.e....more
Txe Polon
Quizás a veces con demasiados personajes, una buena historia tramada con mano hábil y que sabe tocar todas las teclas de una época de lo más confusa, a la que se le sobrepone un mundo paraclásico de lo más decadente y perverso que termina de dotar de encanto al ambiente que rezuma la obra. Ágil en su desarrollo, la novela termina de un modo un tanto teatral que, en parte, desmerece el conjunto.
Paula Lyle
This is very atmospheric, which I liked, and very political, which frankly I really didn't get. Inspector Mock is a decidedly corrupt policeman who is more then willing to kill old friends because they know something that he'd like to keep hidden. Torture for no payoff. A curse that started in the crusades. It was all a little much for me.
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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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“След една такава дълга партия Мок отпочиваше на дивана и четеше на момичетата своите разсъждения на тема човешките характери. Това беше неговата трета страст, която разкриваше единствено в своя любим клуб. Криминалният съветник, любител на античната литература, който изненадваше своите подчинени с дълги латински цитати, завиждаше на Непот и Теофраст, и създаваше, не без литературни претенции, характеристики на лицата, с които се беше сблъсквал. За основа му служеха собствените наблюдения и полицейските дела. Средно веднъж в месеца правеше описание на един човек, а вече съществуващите допълваше с нови факти. Тези допълнения и новите характеристики, които Мок описваше, причиняваха голямо объркване в изморените главици на момичетата. Но те не обръщаха внимание на това, седяха в краката на Мок, гледаха в неговите кръгли очи и чувстваха надигащата се в клиента вълна на щастие.” 0 likes
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