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Written by Graham Brack




What do you do when the poison comes from within…?

The body of a young woman is found strangled by the side of the road.

There are no obvious clues to what happened, apart from the discovery of a large amount of cash concealed on her person.

The brilliant, but lazy, Lieutenant Josef Slonský is put in charge of the case.

With a wry sense of humour, a strong stubborn streak and a penchant for pastries, Slonský is not overly popular with the rest of the police force. But he is paired with the freshly-graduated, overly-eager Navrátil, whom he immediately takes under his wing.

When fingers start to point inwards to someone familiar with police operations, Slonský and Navrátil are put in a difficult position.

If what they suspect is true, how deep does the corruption run? Are they willing to risk their careers in their pursuit of the truth?

Anyone could be lying – and others may be in danger of dying…








Crime Thriller with a Difference!   4 stars


No matter how many crime books you’ve read, I doubt very much if you have EVER read one like this!!

The discovery of a young woman’s body at the side of the road in Prague means a new case for Lieutenant Josef Slonský. His new partner, Navrátil is raw and keen to learn -a blank canvas for Slonský to mould to his way of doing things. With what little clues there are pointing further up the political chain, these two have their work cut out.

Josef Slonský isn’t your usual detective; get-up-and-go aren’t words in his vocabulary. Favouring a more laid back approach with regular food breaks, young Navrátil is more than a little puzzled at his unorthodox methods but never underestimate Slonský. His years of experience haven’t been wasted – why take three steps when one will do? ‘Wry humour’ is spot on in regards to the lieutenant; this story is full of amusing moments and it’s easy to get distracted but this is a fine mystery and one the reader would do well to pay attention to. Josef Slonský is a man who misses nothing, and has many ways of getting what he wants even – no, especially – from his superiors and this is a very entertaining read. The author paints a vivid picture of this murder and the investigation, and it’s an enjoyable novel. The ending is not to be missed!

My thanks to Sapere Books for both my copy and inviting me to take part in this Blog Tour. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime thriller, police procedural


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2013 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Sapere Books
  • Publication Date: 1 August 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US




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Meet the Author


GB for Sapere

Graham Brack hails from Sunderland and met his wife Gillian in Aberdeen where they were both studying pharmacy. After their degrees Gillian returned to Cornwall and Graham followed. This is now called stalking but in 1978 it was termed “romantic”. They have two children, Andrew and Hannah, and two grandchildren, Miranda and Sophie.

Graham’s foray into crime writing began in 2010 when he entered the Crime Writers’ Association’s Debut Dagger competition and was highly commended for The Outrageous Behaviour of Left-Handed Dwarves (reissued as Lying and Dying), in which the world was introduced to Lt Josef Slonský of the Czech police. The Book of Slaughter and Forgetting (reissued as Slaughter and Forgetting) followed and Sapere Books have published book three, Death On Duty,

In 2014 and 2016 Graham was shortlisted for the Debut Dagger again. The earlier novel, The Allegory of Art and Science, is set in 17th century Delft and features the philosophy lecturer and reluctant detective Master Mercurius. Sapere Books will publish it as Death in Delft in 2018.


Social Media

Twitter: @GrahamBrack







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