Worst fears

Michal Sýkora

After four novels, the popular investigator Marie Výrová returns in a set containing three more extensive short stories. After leaving the police, Velká Sova accepted an offer to lecture at the University of Olomouc on practical criminology. But even a quiet academic career will not save her from contact with crime; it must therefore again join forces with former colleagues in investigations that affect it personally.

In the short story “Before the Flood”, Marie returns at the insition of her student Lucie to a nineteen-year-old car accident, which may not have been an accident. Interest in a long-closed case triggers a series of dramatic events in which both her and Lucia’s lives are at risk. In the story “The Life Work of the Academicist Plíšek”, he has to come to terms with the death of a friend murdered in circumstances that strongly resemble the classic “mystery of a locked room”. And the cover story ” Worst Fears” catches Maria in Jeseníky, where she originally planned to buy a cottage. Instead, he will be involved in a case involving a womanizer and businessman here, an unfaithful wife of a spa doctor, and a single mother — all at a time of heated campaigning for municipal elections.


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