Dark Dreams : A Commander Jana Matinova Investigation

Dark Dreams : A Commander Jana Matinova Investigation

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Random House, Inc.
Praise for Michael Genelin:

“Plenty of misdirection and suspense. . . . In the end, we must acknowledge that we have been held spellbound by a master storyteller.”—Library Journal (starred review)

Prudent Jana and impetuous Sofia were best friends when they were schoolmates. One day Sofia approached a man in a car 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 is carrying 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 a present? 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 murders which 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 of UCLA 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.

Baker & Taylor
Jana, a police commander in Slovakia, comes to the aid of childhood friend Sofia, now a member of parliament in political trouble, but becomes embroiled in an international conspiracy and murder.

Perseus Publishing

Praise for Michael Genelin:

“Plenty of misdirection and suspense. . . . In the end, we must acknowledge that we have been held spellbound by a master storyteller.”—Library Journal (starred review)

Prudent Jana and impetuous Sofia were best friends when they were schoolmates. One day Sofia approached a man in a car 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 is carrying 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 a present? 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 murders which 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 of UCLA 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.


The second Commander Jana Matinova investigation set in Slovakia.


Blackwell North Amer
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.

Publisher: New York : Soho, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781569475577
1569475571
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY GENEL...M
Characteristics: 352 pages ; 20 cm

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Cdnbookworm Feb 12, 2013

This police mystery is based in Slovakia, mainly in and around Bratislava. Jana Matinova is a police commander, a lone female at that level. Her best friend from childhood, Sofia, has recently entered politics and become involved in something Jana warned her against. When Jana returns home from work one evening and finds an enormous diamond hanging in her living room, she wonders whether it is related to Sofia, or she is being set up for something.
Jana has a good relationship with her boss, Trokan, who protects her as well as giving her lots of leeway in her own investigations. She consults with him about the diamond and is given a week to do her own investigation before they turn it over to another department.
Jana's case involves two brothers who have recently returned to Slovakia, possibly hunting for the crooked antique dealer who informed on them. When one brother is found dead, Jana's investigation leads to both Hungary and the Ukraine.
Meanwhile Jana is also involved in her own love affair, but it is early days and she hasn't totally opened up to her lover yet. Since he is part of the attorney general's office, they also have interactions professionally.
With lots going on, the plot is sometimes a bit jumpy, but Jana is an interesting character, and this book is part of a series featuring her.
I visited Bratislava a couple of years ago and found it a pleasant city that I'd like to get to know better, but this book doesn't do that aspect of it justice.

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