A Grain of Truth by Zygmunt Miloszewski
(Polish State Prosecutor Szacki Investigates)

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A Grain of Truth, like every great crime novel, digs up more unsettling questions than it does answers; it also demonstrates the seemingly endless possibilities of the form itself to serve as smart social criticism.
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"A Grain of Truth, like every great crime novel, digs up more unsettling questions than it does answers; it also demonstrates the seemingly endless possibilities of the form itself to serve as smart social criticism." --Maureen Corrigan, on NPR's Fresh AirPraise for the first novel in the Teodor Szacki series:"In Entanglement Miloszewski takes an engaging look at modern Polish society in this stellar first in a new series starring Warsaw prosecutor Teodor Szacki. Readers will want to see more of the complex, sympathetic Szacki."—Publishers WeeklyIt is spring 2009, and prosecutor Szacki is no longer working in Warsaw—he has said goodbye to his family and to his career in the capital and moved to Sandomierz, a picturesque town full of churches and museums. Hoping to start a "brave new life," Szacki instead finds himself investigating a strange murder case in surroundings both alien and unfriendly.The victim is found brutally murdered, her body drained of blood. The killing bears the hallmarks of legendary Jewish ritual slaughter, prompting a wave of anti-Semitic paranoia in the town, where everyone knows everyone. The murdered woman's husband is bereft, but when Szacki discovers that she had a lover, the husband becomes the prime suspect. Before there's time to arrest him, he is found murdered in similar circumstances. In his investigation Szacki must wrestle with the painful tangle of Polish–Jewish relations and something that happened more than sixty years earlier.

Zygmunt Miloszewski was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1975. His first novel The Intercom was published in 2005 to high acclaim. In 2006 he published The Adder Mountains; in 2010, the crime novel Entanglement; and this year its sequel, A Grain of Truth.


 

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Born in Warsaw in 1975, Miloszewski is a reporter and editor currently working for Newsweek. His first novel, 'The Intercom', was published in 2005 to high acclaim. In 2006 he published his novel for young readers, 'The Adder Mountains', and in 2007 a crime novel 'Entanglement'. A sequel to the latter is under way. Antonia Lloyd-Jones is well known for her translations from the Polish of novels by Pawel Huelle such as Mercedes-Benz (shortlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction Award 2006) and Castorp (shortlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction Award 2007). Other authors she has translated include Ryszard Kapuscinski and Olga Tokarczuk.
 
Published January 1, 2013 by Bitter Lemon Press. 386 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Dec 28 2012

A Grain of Truth, like every great crime novel, digs up more unsettling questions than it does answers; it also demonstrates the seemingly endless possibilities of the form itself to serve as smart social criticism.

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