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Dark Dreams: A Commander Jana Matinova Investigationby Michael Genelin
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Praise for Michael Genelin:
Plenty of misdirection and suspense. . . . In the end, we must acknowledge that we have been held spellbound by a masterstoryteller.--Library Journal (starred review)
Prudent Jana and impetuous Sofia were best friends when they were schoolmates. One day Sofia approached a man in acar when she shouldn't have and ended up being raped by a nefarious Communist Party bigwig. Jana pursued the culprit's car, identified him, and vowed someday to bring him to justice.
Now Jana is a commander in the Slovak police force and Sofia, having made her name as a reformer, is a member of Parliament. Jana has fallen in love with an upright government prosecutor and Sofia iscarrying on a notorious affair with a suave, married fellow MP.
One day Jana finds an enormous diamond dangling from a string fixed to the ceiling of the living room of her house. Was it put there as apresent? Or, more likely, to entrap her? Where did this magnificent jewel come from? And why was it left for her to find? The answer leads Jana across Europe to unravel a criminal conspiracy involving multiple murderswhich has entangled her hapless, impulsive friend, Sofia, in its web, and ultimately to the criminal mastermind, the onetime Communist Party boss.
Michael Genelin is a graduate ofUCLA and the UCLA Law School. He has served with the Department of Justice in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. He lives in Paris with his wife and daughter.
From theHardcover edition.
Jana and Sofia were best friends as schoolmates in communist Czechoslovakia. Jana, a judge's daughter, was prudent; Sofia, impetuous. Now Jana, who entered the Czechoslovak police force, has risen to the rank of commander in the post-communist country of Slovakia, based in its capital, Bratislava, a crossroads of Central Europe. Sofia, formerly a fiercely independent political reformer, is now a member of parliament and is having a scandalous affair. When she finds herself in a political predicament, she appeals to her old friend for help.
One night, Jana returns home to find an enormous diamond suspended from a string in her living room. A fabulous gift? Or, for a police officer, a trap? Can Sofia be implicated somehow?
The search for answers leads Jana across Europe to unravel an international criminal conspiracy that has perpetrated multiple murders in Nepal, India, Switzerland, Hungary, and Bratislava itself and threatens Jana's career, family, and life.
About the Author
Michael Genelin is a graduate of UCLA and UCLA Law School. He has served as a consultant for the US State Department and USAID in Central Europe, Africa, Asia, and Haiti. He lives with his wife in Paris.
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