Lie in the Dark
Vlado Petric is a homicide investigator in war-battered Sarajevo, and he’s in a malaise. His wife and daughter have been in Berlin for two years. He has little heat or food. It’s been quiet at the bureau. Even the body he encounters in “sniper alley” on his way home from work one night seems little reason for pause, until he realizes that it is the body of Esmir Vitas, chief of the Interior Ministry’s special police, and that Vitas has been killed not by any sniper’s aim but by a bullet fired at almost point-blank range.
Dan Fesperman, a journalist who has reported from a number of war zones, has written a masterful thriller that travels through the brutal and almost surreal milieu of a wartime black market. Inspector Petric’s investigation eventually unearths “the transfer file,” the heart of an international ring reaching back to World War II, and whose commodity “in value, stature, and scope” goes unfathomably beyond anything he could possibly have imagined.
—U.S. News & World Report
—San Antonio Express-News
—Ian Rankin, author of The Hanging Garden
—The News & Observer (Raleigh)
—Sunday Telegraph (London)