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Author: Michael Genelin Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781609983505
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When the wife of one of Slovakia’s most prominent businessmen is killed in a public assassination, it looks like the bullets were meant for her husband. But could the wife of Oto Bogan have actually been the target? Bogan can’t comment. Both he and his son have disappeared without a trace. Commander Jana Matinova must push through her own government’s secrecy to discover what connects the murder of Klara Boganova to an anonymous man run down in Paris, a dead Turk with an icepick in his eye, an international network of bank accounts, and a mysterious vagabond girl. To solve the case and stop an ongoing series of murders, Jana must travel to Berlin and Paris and look back into the darkest period of Slovak history. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Genelin once again makes present-day Slovakia a compelling backdrop for murder in his superb fourth novel featuring Police Commander Jana Matinova (after 2010's The Magician's Accomplice)…Genelin’s nononsense lead will appeal to fans of strong female detectives such as Kinsey Millhone, V.I. Warshawski, and Jane Tennison.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Rich in compelling plot twists and sobering history lessons. It also showcases Genelin’s skills as a writer.”

    Washington Post

  • “This is one of the better international mystery series currently available. Make sure to suggest it to readers who also enjoy the European police novels of Helene Tursten and Donna Leon.”


  • “Jana, one of the more intriguing characters in fictional thrillerdom, makes fallibility seem like a virtue.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jayme | 11/27/2013

    " I am so glad this book is over! I need to stop listening to Nordic fiction on my ipod- It just goes in one ear and out the other! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan | 10/19/2013

    " Enjoying this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 10/14/2013

    " It was a good story, but I thought it was missing something. It could have been better if I'd noticed that this book is the fourth dealing with this specific character. I'll have to hunt for the others to fill in the gaps. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 4/19/2013

    " I like this series, set in Bratislava with a woman detective--this installment in the series is very good--in this one she travels out of Slovakia, and or course prevails, but with several close calls. recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 3/29/2013

    " Very good author, excellent story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/18/2012

    " Another enjoyable read from Michael Genelin. I can't wait for the next book in the Jana Matinova series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 8/27/2011

    " This book was able to hook me right away. Amazingly the inappropriate language was very little, and only about 2 very ugly words. Well written, suspenseful, and characters that you come to know well, this book was interesting and enjoyable and worth taking time to read. "

About the Author

Michael Genelin is a graduate of UCLA and UCLA Law School. He has served as a consultant for the US State Department and USAID in Central Europe, Africa, Asia, and Haiti. He lives with his wife in Paris.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren, award-winning narrator, has over thirty years of experience in narration. She was named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine in 2019. She has won the American Foundation for the Blind’s Scourby Award for Narrator of the Year, AudioFile magazine named her the 2009 Best Voice in Nonfiction & Culture, and she is the recipient of multiple Earphones Awards. She performs on and off Broadway and in regional theaters and has appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas.