Small Boat of Great Sorrows by Dan Fesperman

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Vlado Petric, a former homicide detective in Sarajevo, is now living in exile, and making a meagre living working at a Berlin construction site, when an American investigator for the International War Crimes Tribunal recruits him to return home on a mission. The assignment sounds simple enough. He is to help capture an aging Nazi collaborator who has become a war profiteer. But nothing is simple in the Balkans: Petric is also being used as bait to lure his quarry into the open, and when the operation goes sour he is drawn across Europe into a dangerous labyrinth of secret identities, stolen gold, and horrifying discoveries about his own family’s past.

Intelligent and suspenseful, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows brings together chilling crimes, the lies people live and the cold facts of international politics into a masterful, electrifying thriller.

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About Dan Fesperman

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Dan Fesperman's travels as a writer have taken him to thirty countries and three war zones. Lie in the Dark won the Crime Writers' Association of Britain's John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for best first crime novel, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows won their Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for best thriller, and The Prisoner of Guantánamo won the Dashiell Hammett Award from the International Association of Crime Writers. He lives in Baltimore.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 322 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Horror. Fiction

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American Calvin Pine drops into the Petric flat with an offer Vlado finds hard to refuse: the chance to capture Croatian Pero Matek, a major mobster with crimes in the present conflict and in WWII, when he served as a ruthless soldier for the fascist Ustasha.

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Hired by enigmatic Americans working for the international war crimes tribunal, Petric is run as a lure for an old soldier from the 1940s involved in wholesale slaughter which, even by the standards of that war's genocide, took some beating.

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Entertainment Weekly

Vlado Petric, the soulful Sarajevo detective Fesperman introduced in ''Lie in the Dark,'' his 1999 debut, is living the downtrodden-emigre life in Berlin at the start of this bumpy thriller.

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Where refugees fled across borders 60 years ago to escape from war and the Nazis, now citizens of the new Europe move more freely looking for a better life.

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