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Hard Currency
Steven Owad

Five Star
July 2012
On Sale: July 3, 2012
264 pages
ISBN: 1432825798
EAN: 9781432825799
Hardcover
$25.95
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The apparent suicide of Krystyna Krol, who overdosed on drugs, propels Owad’s middling mystery set in 1992 postcommunist Poland. Krystyna’s estranged brother, Julian, a former political activist who’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 Krystyna’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 (Brother’s Keeper) presents an unremittingly bleak view of a dystopian society whose drunken citizens live in cities plagued with rotting infrastructures and greedy officials.

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