The Small Boat Of Great Sorrows

The Small Boat Of Great Sorrows

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The eagerly awaited second novel by the author of the John Creasey award-winning LIE IN THE DARK, described by Ian Rankin as 'a humane and moving book, a great war novel, a great crime novel. A great novel, period.' Vlado Petric, former detective in war-torn Sarajevo, has left his beloved homeland to join his wife and daughter in Germany, where he scratches a meagre living in the building sites of the new Berlin. When Petric returns to work one evening, he finds an enigmatic American investigator waiting for him in the small apartment he and his wife share. The investigator (Pine) works for the International War Crimes Tribunal, and he tells Petric that they want him to return to Croatia. It doesn't take Petric long to accept, especially when Pine tells him they are after a big fish: the man whom they think is responsible for a terrible massacre in Srebenica. What Petric doesn't know is that he is also being used as a bait to lure a murderer from the previous generation into the open; a man whose activities in the Second World War makes the current generation of killers look like amateurs.
The Small Boat of Great Sorrows is a wonderful, thought-provoking, gripping novel; crime in so much as it needs a label, international thriller in its scope and narrative drive. Like John Le Carre and Robert Harris, Fesperman moves seamlessly between time schemes as the past informs and impacts on the present - and nowhere is this more evident than in the Balkans with its traumatic history. In Fesperman, we have a quality author, writing novels packed with authentic detail, and characters who are totally bellevable.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 156 x 234mm | 603g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0593050398
  • 9780593050392

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Vlado Petric, an ex-detective from Sarajevo, now lives in the newly reunited Berlin and works on construction sites. It's a life, but only just. And then he goes home one night to find Calvin Pine waiting for him. Pine is from the International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague and he wants Petric to go back to Sarajevo and help with a complex plan to effect the arrest of a Serb general implicated in the massacre at Srebenica. Petric agrees, even though he's fairly sure there's more going on than he's being allowed to know. The book has a plot as tortuous and snakelike as Balkan politics itself, and the feeling of unease, of constantly walking on shifting sands, never knowing who to trust, is palpable - a brilliant follow-up the John Creasey Dagger Award-winning Lie in the Dark.
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About Dan Fesperman

Dan Fesperman Dan Fesperman is the foreign correspondent for the Baltimore Sun and worked in its Berlin bureau during the years of civil war in former Yugoslavia. He has just returned to Baltimore having covered the Afghanistan conflict for the paper. His first novel, Lie in the Dark, was published in the UK by No Exit, and won the CWA John Creasey award for best first crime novel in 1998.
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