Thursday, January 14, 2016
Review of Entanglement by Zygmunt Miloszewski (Bitter Lemon Press, 2010; Polish 2007)
This book has been on my to-be-read pile for quite some time and I've made a start on it three or four times, but never made it past the first twenty pages or so. The story and the lead character just never got me hooked enough to continue. This time round I pushed through and by a third of the way in I was intrigued enough to finish the book. That said, I never warmed to the lead character, Teo Szachi, a misogynist state prosecutor who seems to be having his mid-life crisis at thirty five. I also didn’t buy how he stumbled on the background story, nor the intricate way the case was tied together, the use of family constellation therapy, or the denouement. It all seemed so improbable. The background story was however interesting as was the procedural elements relating to workings of state prosecutor’s office, the story did gain pace and tension, and Szachi’s boss and police colleague enlivened things. Overall, an improbable police procedural that has some nice touches.