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Lie In The Dark by Dan Fesperman
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Feb 08, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: police-and-thieves, thrillers, fiction
Read in May, 2008

When starting with an author I've not read before, I tend to choose mysteries based on setting.

This debut by Dan Fesperman is set in war-torn Sarajevo. Fesperman, a foreign correspondent, does a fantasic job evoking the period and the sheer awfulness of the place. His characters seem true to life. Fictional detectives are always more interesting when they have personal complexity and issues to deal with (Read Ian Rankin's John Rebus, if you doubt me here.) Fesperman's protagonist certainly has a lot to deal with. His life has been torn apart, along with his native Yugoslavia. Mostly, all he he has left is his job, which is made almost impossible by the hothouse of politics in the besieged city, not to mention the Serbian snipers.

One of the best mysteries I've read in a while.
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