Siren of the Waters

Siren of the Waters

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"In the end, we must acknowledge that we have been held spellbound by a master storyteller. Highly recommended."-- Library Journal Starred Review

"A truly fine novel. It's filled with exactitude of place and people, taking us into a world that seethes with dangerous secrets. On that treacherous journey, Michael Genelin makes unfamiliar worlds seem knowable, and does so with great style."--Pete Hamill, author of North River

"A terrific novel by a man who knows crime, knows Europe, and knows how to write. Siren of the Waters is a genuine pleasure."--Thomas Perry, author of Silence

Jana Matinova entered the Czechoslovak police force as a young woman, married an actor, and became a mother. The regime destroyed her husband, their love for one another, and her daughter's respect for her. But she has never stopped being a seeker of justice.

Now, as a commander in the Slovak police force, she liaises with colleagues across Europe as they track the mastermind of an international criminal operation involved in, among other crimes, human trafficking. Her investigation takes her from Ukraine to Strasbourg, from Vienna to Nice, in a hunt for a ruthless killer and the beautiful young Russian woman he is determined either to capture or destroy.

Michael Genelin , a graduate of UCLA and the UCLA Law School, has served in the LA District Attorney's Office and the US Department of Justice in Central Europe. He has written for film and has been an adviser to television series. He now lives with his wife and daughter in Paris.
Publisher: New York : Soho, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781569474846
1569474842
Branch Call Number: GEN
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 20 cm

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Jan 10, 2012

This is book #1 of an intended series set in Bratislava, Slovakia and featuring a Commander Jana Matinova; the book is severely Americanized (the author lives there and not in Slovakia) and is full of capitalist propaganda silliness from the Cold War era. The silliness starts on the very first page, with idiocy about how Czechoslovak communism had faults that capitalism allegedly does not have, such as distorted values, the habit of promoting people to get rid of them and rigid compartmentalism in government agencies, as though that’s not also true of governments and societies throughout the non-communist world; this annoying use of political and social blinders, coupled with the pouring out of unnecessary propaganda so very early on in the book, caused me to stop reading after only a few pages of it; I was glad I had not actually spent money to buy my own copy of the book. I give it half a star only because there’s no way to give it zero stars.

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CB2295
Jan 10, 2012

This is book #1 of an intended series set in Bratislava, Slovakia and featuring a Commander Jana Matinova; the book is severely Americanized (the author lives there and not in Slovakia) and is full of capitalist propaganda silliness from the Cold War era. The silliness starts on the very first page, with idiocy about how Czechoslovak communism had faults that capitalism allegedly does not have, such as distorted values, the habit of promoting people to get rid of them and rigid compartmentalism in government agencies, as though that’s not also true of governments and societies throughout the non-communist world; this annoying use of political and social blinders, coupled with the pouring out of unnecessary propaganda so very early on in the book, caused me to stop reading after only a few pages of it; I was glad I had not actually spent money to buy my own copy of the book. I give it half a star only because there’s no way to give it zero stars.

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