Dark Dreams

Dark Dreams

Book - 2009
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The second Jana Matinova mystery sees the detective investigate a corrupt politician. One day, Jana finds an enormous diamond dangling from a string fixed to the ceiling of her living room. Where did it come from? And why was it left for her to find? The search for the answer leads Jana across Europe, into a criminal conspiracy involving her hapless, impulsive friend Sofia and, ultimately, to the criminal mastermind behind it all - a one-time Communist Party boss.
Publisher: New York : Soho, c2009
ISBN: 9781569475577
Call Number: F GENELIN
Characteristics: 352 p. ; 20 cm

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Cdnbookworm Feb 12, 2013

This police mystery is based in Slovakia, mainly in and around Bratislava. Jana Matinova is a police commander, a lone female at that level. Her best friend from childhood, Sofia, has recently entered politics and become involved in something Jana warned her against. When Jana returns home from work one evening and finds an enormous diamond hanging in her living room, she wonders whether it is related to Sofia, or she is being set up for something.
Jana has a good relationship with her boss, Trokan, who protects her as well as giving her lots of leeway in her own investigations. She consults with him about the diamond and is given a week to do her own investigation before they turn it over to another department.
Jana's case involves two brothers who have recently returned to Slovakia, possibly hunting for the crooked antique dealer who informed on them. When one brother is found dead, Jana's investigation leads to both Hungary and the Ukraine.
Meanwhile Jana is also involved in her own love affair, but it is early days and she hasn't totally opened up to her lover yet. Since he is part of the attorney general's office, they also have interactions professionally.
With lots going on, the plot is sometimes a bit jumpy, but Jana is an interesting character, and this book is part of a series featuring her.
I visited Bratislava a couple of years ago and found it a pleasant city that I'd like to get to know better, but this book doesn't do that aspect of it justice.

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