Entanglement

Entanglement

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Synopsis of Entanglement 

The morning after a group psychotherapy session in a Warsaw monastery, Henry Telak is found dead, a roasting spit stuck in one eye.

Public prosecutor Teodor Szacki, world-weary, suffering from bureaucratic exhaustion and marital ennui, feels that life has passed him by. But this case changes everything. Because of it he meets Monika Grzelka, a young journalist whose charms prove difficult to resist, and he discovers the frightening power of certain esoteric therapeutic methods.

The shocking videos of the sessions lead him to an array of possible scenarios. Could one of the patients have become so absorbed by his therapy role-playing that he murdered Telak?

Szacki’s investigation leads him to an earlier murder, before the fall of Communism. And why is the Secret Police suddenly taking an interest in all this? As Szacki uncovers each piece of the puzzle, facts emerge that he’d be better off not knowing, for his own safety.

My review

Entanglement – Zygmunt Miłoszewski review

It’s a murder classic with few suspects who were all in the same place when it occurs. It’s interesting and well carried out, with the novelty that it’s set in Warsaw, a city that is the first time I’ve found in a novel of this genre.

One thing that struck me a lot is the family Constellations, a pseudopsychotherapy invented by Bert Hellinger. I thought they were something absurd and, apparently, they’re also dangerous. In fact, at first, I thought it was the author’s invention. But no, they really do exist.

The main character, prosecutor Teodor Szacki, who leads the investigation, is the best thing in the book. He’s an odd-jobber for prosecution; honest and incorruptible. He doesn’t lack a sense of humor and has a somewhat complicated life but also a happy one, for a change, or at least at first.

The resolution of the case is quite reminiscent of a well-known novel by Agatha Christie, which has been adapted several times for film. I can’t say which one it is, obviously, because it would uncover the whole plot.

In short: interesting, new in terms of location, and entertaining. Well-written and I’d recommend it. I’ll read the second one.

Series: Teodor Szacki; 1

Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
Year published: 2015
Original title: Uwikłanie

Language: English
Format: Ebook


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