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The apparent suicide of Krystyna Krol, who overdosed on
drugs, propels Owadâ€™s middling mystery set in 1992
postcommunist Poland. Krystynaâ€™s estranged brother, Julian,
a former political activist whoâ€™s now a reporter in Warsaw,
senses that something is amiss: his university-educated
sister, skilled in foreign languages, abhorred drugs and had
a promising future. As Kroll puts his investigative
instincts into play and interviews the overworked medical
examiner, the caustic police lieutenant in charge of the
case, and Krystynaâ€™s cynical roommates, a disturbing picture
emerges of his sister, whose private life had troubling
connections to the corrupt bureaucracy that flourished under
communism. Owad (Brotherâ€™s Keeper) presents an unremittingly
bleak view of a dystopian society whose drunken citizens
live in cities plagued with rotting infrastructures and
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