THE FIRST KISZKA AND KERSHAW MYSTERY
A naked girl has washed up on the banks of the River Thames. The only clue to her identity is a heart-shaped tattoo encircling two foreign names. Who is she – and why did she die?
Life’s already complicated enough for Janusz Kiszka, unofficial ‘fixer’ for East London’s Polish community: his priest has asked him to track down a young waitress who has gone missing; a builder on the Olympics site owes him a pile of money; and he’s falling for married Kasia, Soho’s most strait-laced stripper. But when Janusz finds himself accused of murder by an ambitious young detective, Natalie Kershaw, and pursued by drug dealing gang members, he is forced to take an unscheduled trip back to Poland to find the real killer.
In the mist-wreathed streets of his hometown of Gdansk, Janusz must confront painful memories from the Soviet past if he is to uncover the conspiracy – and with it, a decades-old betrayal.
I really don’t know why I left it so long to read this book. It was just brilliant, combining Polish sub culture in the UK with a terrific plot about a missing girl. The whole historical side was completely absorbing giving a fascinating perspective on life in a communist country. I just loved the way we got a taste of the Polish community and their language and food
Janusz Kiszka was such an interesting character. Part investigator/part fixer with an eye for justice and a fear of the police, he is just great. And Kershaw, the young naive police officer also on the trail of truth was just as well drawn. Excellent characterisation.
I loved it!!!! A very unique feel to a fantastic read. Anya Lipska has written exactly the kind of book that is a pleasure to read.