The Case of the General's Thumb

The Case of the General's Thumb

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"The corpse of a distinguished general is found attached to an advertising balloon--and minus his thumb. Police Lieutenant Viktor Slutsky is sent in to investigate. So, too, is KGB officer Nik Tsensky. They begin their investigations unbeknownst to each other, but quickly find themselves mystified about developments caused by the other. Thus begins a comedy of very dangerous errors as the two crisscross Europe, Russia, and the Ukraine, catalysts in a bizarre battle between the Russian and Ukrainian secret services"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Brooklyn, N.Y. : Melville House, [2012]
ISBN: 9781612190600
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY KURKOV 2012
Characteristics: 183 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Bird, George


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melwyk Apr 27, 2012

This begins in Ukraine, in the Maidan (main square) where a general is found dead, attached to an advertising balloon, missing a thumb. A police officer and a KGB agent are assigned to investigate, neither of whom trusts the other. Add in a criminal or two also on the trail, and the resultant chaos leads the story all over Europe -- from Ukraine to Germany and beyond.

Definitely worth a read for its absurdist essence and strong evocation of a particular cultural moment.

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Mar 17, 2012

This is the only book by this author I've read so far. The translation is very awkward @ times; the plot and storyline so murky that any regular detective/mystery book reader would've great great difficulty in following. Am really surprised by all the great accolades heaped on this book and this author (see back page of the book)!!


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