When the wife of one of Slovakia's most prominent businessmen is killed in a public assassination, it seemed that the bullets were meant for her husband. But could Klara Boganova have actually been a primary target? And where have Oto Bogan and his son gone? Slovak police commander Jana Matinova was the one who pushed Bogan out of the line of fire, and as a witness to the crime she's told to stay away from the case, but her colonel knows that he needs his best investigator on it. Jana must push through her own government's secretiveness and intransigence to connect the murder to an anonymous man run down in Paris, a dead Turk with an icepick in his eye, and international bank accounts dating back to World War II.
"[Michael] 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 no-nonsense lead will appeal to fans of strong female detectives such as Kinsey Millhone, V.I. Warshawski, and Jane Tennison."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)