Devastated by her lover’s death in an explosion—on the same day an indigent student was shot and killed in sleepy Bratislava—Jana is transferred to The Hague, headquarters of the international police force Europol. On the flight she encounters a retired magician, the dead student’s uncle, who is determined to help Jana investigate his nephew’s death. And his help is indeed needed as Jana faces an international criminal conspiracy emanating from Europol itself.
“The resourceful and prodigiously insightful Jana seems to have no flaws. But it isn’t her feats of superheroism that give the story its chilly sense of reality; it’s her casual acceptance of the almost universal corruption of everyone who lives in her world.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Genelin effectively brings a relatively unknown country like modern Slovakia to life for American readers.”—Booklist
“Genelin ratchets up the prose with smooth suspense, evocative locales, and distinctive characters who leap from the page.”—Publishers Weekly