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Widma w mieście Breslau (Eberhard Mock #3)

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Wrocław, rok 1919. Na jednej z wysepek w rozlewiskach Odry dwóch gimnazjalistów dokonuje makabrycznego odkrycia. Przybyły na miejsce asystent kryminalny Eberhard Mock odnajduje okrutnie okaleczone ciała czterech mężczyzn, a przy nich adresowaną do siebie tajemniczą notatkę. Ekscentryczny morderca wciąga policję w grę, której stawką jest życie kolejnych ludzi. Policjanci po ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 2005 by W.A.B. (first published January 1st 2005)
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Apr 18, 2014 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, yes, it's a translation, which almost always makes for some awkward wording, but still...incredibly atmospheric, with wonderfully textured historical detail.

I picked up this book for a uniquely personal reason. In the documents that came from the War Crimes Archive in Ludwigsburg, Germany, I found that the German official who protected my mother's family, a man named Willy Selinger, came from a place called Breslau; a place I couldn't locate on any map of Germany. I wanted to know this; wha
Jan 06, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, library
This was a random pick-up from the library that waited patiently to be read whilst I tackled other books. When I started to read it I was afraid that it would be another disappointment along the lines of 'The Necropolis Railway' by Andrew Martin, which was just awful, or Gatiss' 'Lucifer Box' books which were a bit too clever for their own good, with little body to them. However, the more I read, the more I was reassured that this was a writer who could create three dimensional characters and se ...more
May 19, 2011 Mazel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
pal fête des mères 2011

Présentation de l'éditeur :
Dans la ville polonaise de Breslau, en 1919, sous occupation allemande, Eberhard Mock occupe le poste d’inspecteur à la Brigade des Moeurs. Aucun bordel, aucune prostituée, ne sont inconnus à cet homme amateur de bonne chair, de femmes et de vodka. Mock, depuis la fin de la Grande Guerre est cependant victime de cauchemars atroces et réguliers que seul l’alcool permet d’éviter. C’est dans ce contexte, après une nuit passablement agitée, que le su
I won't forget this one. Something about it is very suspenseful, creepy, and heavy painful violence is a given. It's good, well written, perhaps no lighter translation can be given, and I'm sure a number of people who really like books bordering on horror would find it more to their taste than I would. It's just too too for me. It deals with the occult and a number of well respected, educated individuals who have formed quite a society dedicated to it. We're talking about say, 1919 here, and tha ...more
Mar 04, 2014 Richard rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Richard by: I read a review. I must have misunderstood.
I kept asking myself as I read this "Why?"

This book is a sleazy tale of torture, ritual murder, mutilation and way too many prostitutes. Not withstanding two pages of quotes in praise of the book from worldwide critics, I think the tale is awful. The conclusion is so strange as to be totally unbelievable.

Originally published in Poland in 2005, this translation was printed in the USA in 2010. Set in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland)throughout the month of September, 1919, it must have lost a
Jan 04, 2012 Janice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
maybe it was the translation, but there was a moment in this book when i thought, "stupid!! you just gave it away!!!" and then i went through the rest of everything to see if i was right. i was.

still, i like reading murder mysteries set in the town where i live. even if the street names are german. one thing's for sure, i'll never look at the trees in south park the same way again.
Mar 19, 2017 Katrin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
May 25, 2013 Mandarynka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
W 2007 roku miało miejsce może nie doniosłe, ale z pewnością ciekawe wydarzenie - Marek Krajewski otrzymał honorową Nagrodę Wielkiego Kalibru za wprowadzenie do literatury postaci Eberharda Mocka. "Widma" nie są pierwszą napisaną czy wydaną książką o Mocku, ale pierwszą pod względem kolejności spraw prowadzonych przez komisarza.

Jest rok 1919. Mock ma 36 lat, silny pociąg do alkoholu, zawsze czyste buty i lekką nadwagę. Jest kawalerem i mieszka z ojcem nad nieczynnym już sklepem rzeźniczym wuja w
Anashuya Kakati
Let me preface this review by saying, that when I started reading 'Phantoms of Breslau', I had no clue who the author was or what kind book this is. I literally picked it off the library shelf because I liked the cover. Secondly my knowledge of European history is sketchy at best, so it took me a 100 odd pages of reading into, before realizing that Breslau is a German (occupied or otherwise) town.

The book seems very fragmented, though I don't think it is the author's fault. I read an English tra
Howard Cincotta
May 20, 2014 Howard Cincotta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I like murder mysteries set in remote periods and locations, so Breslau, Germany, in 1919 (now Wroclaw, Poland) seemed like a good choice. The novel, which revolves around World War I veteran and detective Eberhard Mock, has its exotic attractions, but the storytelling is too prickly and arch, Moch’s behavior too outlandish, and the plot too convoluted to be a genuinely enjoyable reading experience.

We open with the grotesque murder of four sailors, but soon are bogged down in trying to decipher
Janette Fleming
Aug 06, 2010 Janette Fleming rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is 1919 in Breslau. The hideously battered bodies of four young sailors are discovered on an island in the River Oder. When Criminal Assistant Mock arrives at the scene to investigate, he discovers a note addressed to him, asking him to confess his sins and to become a believer. As he endeavours to piece together the elements of this brutal crime, Mock combs the brothels and drinking dens of Breslau and is drawn into an insidious game: it seems that anyone he questions during the course of th ...more
The third Eberhard Mock novel is set earlier than the others, in 1919, when Mock gets involved in his first Murder Squad case. The novel opens with the horrific murder of four young men, who have had their limbs broken and their eyes torn out. As the investigation proceeds, it becomes clear that the murderer is addressing his deeds directly to Mock, demanding that he acknowledge "his mistake" or the killings will continue. Mock has no idea what this means, and vows to find the killer and put a s ...more
Sep 21, 2008 Anna rated it liked it
First volume of detective Eberhard Mock serie.
Breslau, 1919. On one the island on Odra two high school pupils make a macabric discovery. Criminal assistent Eberhard Mock finds cruely cut corpes of four men and a note adressed to him. Excentric murderer involves the police in a game where the proze is life of next people. Policemen go through the underground world of ocultistic sects and pimps organising forbidden entertainment for rich people. Mock is haunted by nightmares, weakness for alcohol
Oct 22, 2012 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
"The narrative is as jaded and twisted as Mock's thinking and the two play off each other that makes for a compelling read as Mock violently alternates between worry, love, and his demons as he encounters corruption and decadence. In fact, the narrative is so vivid, it's almost decadent in its own right."
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Oct 26, 2014 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this more, but the numerous and seemingly arbitrary shifts POV were distracting and the (lack of) resolution could have been executed to seem as something other than the set-up for a follow-up. But - compelling story, a great anti-hero, and a masterful creation of atmosphere. Not Bechdel compliant.
One of those books where I don't like any of the characters and yet am intrigued to read more. I like the setting, I like the writing style, the plot was ok, though for a moment there near the end I wondered what genre I was reading. Not a great book but good enough that I will try another by this author.
Gerard Cappa
Jun 18, 2012 Gerard Cappa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the previous two Mock books, and so was ready to dive into this one as soon as I got it. I still rate it as 5 star, but think I got more out of the previous two episodes. Maybe the novelty has dimmed a little, or the other two should have been rated as 6's.
Sep 21, 2012 Danny rated it liked it
Liked this , quite interesting depiction of more decadent times in the german/polish city. I like the Mock character.
Russell Olson
Jun 15, 2012 Russell Olson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, hard-boiled
I've got to admit that plot was a bit hokey, but I still really like Krakewski's style and wandering around Breslau is a real thrill.
Boris Feldman
Nov 05, 2012 Boris Feldman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Third in the Eberhard Mock series. Superb noir mystery in Breslau, Germany in the nineteen-teens. Brilliant writing.
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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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