Daily Archives: July 19, 2011

Requiem for A Gypsy by Michael Genelin

Requiem for a GypsyReviewed by Patricia Reid

When Commander Jana Matinova of the Slovakia Police witnesses the assassination of Klara Bogan at a party honoring Oto Bogan, Klara’s husband, Jana immediately begins to wonder if Klara’s death was the fault of a stray bullet or if she was actually the intended victim. Jana’s Colonel gives her permission to proceed with the investigation even though as a witness to the shooting she is told that she cannot be actively involved.

The department in charge of the main investigation refuses to share all of their information with Jana. It is not long before Jana is on the trail of the pieces of information that she has no doubt will eventually lead to the reason behind the death of Klara Brogan. Jana has access to the Murder Book but knows that the contents are incomplete. Jana finds that Oto Bogan as well as his son has disappeared.

A girl whose name is Em Mrvova shows up at Jana’s door, cold and hungry. Jana takes pity on the girl but soon finds out that there is more to Em than meets the eye. Em seems to appear and disappear with frequency. Much wiser than her years Em is able to give Jana a few tips that help in her investigation.

The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

The Keeper of Lost CausesReviewed by Patricia Reid

Carl Morck was an exceptional homicide detective in Copenhagen until a bullet struck him down. He lived but two of his colleagues weren’t so lucky. Carl suffers from guilt since he didn’t even get his gun drawn during the battle. Fellow workers have begun to complain about Carl. He arrives late to work, rides the staff, interferes with other cases and will not return phone calls. Marcus Jacobsen, Chief of Homicide, decided that he could kill two birds with one stone. The Denmark Party is making speeches and complaining about cases that have not been solved. Marcus makes a decision to create a new department called Department Q. With outside pressure to create such a department for unsolved cases and with adequate funds to fund the department Carl Morck is put in charge of Department Q. What appears to be a promotion is actually a demotion. Carl is given a small office in the basement of headquarters and a ton of unsolved cases.

Carl is not one to be outsmarted though. Realizing that money is coming in to fund his department but that none is drifting his way he makes demands for equipment and an assistant. His assistant is very unusual. His name is Assad and he is from Syria. Carl realized immediately that he had made a mistake in asking for an assistant. With an assistant nearby he could no longer sleep in his chair or work Sudoku puzzles to pass away the time. The more chores he found for Assad the faster Assad accomplished the tasks. Soon they both begin to sift through some of the cold case files and the case of the disappearance of Merete Lynggaard caught their interest.

Merete Lynggaard is a very attractive woman who served as Vice-President of the Social Democrats. Merete had a beautiful home but her private life she kept secret from the people she worked with. At night, she hurries home to spend the evening with her special needs brother.