Evil Water by Inger Wolf
ASIN: B00AP6AMRA (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Black Cat Edition
Publication date: December 15, 2012
Two women disappear without a trace, and the same autumn a farmer on the outskirts of Århus finds them murdered in suitcases under a heap of stone. The skin of one woman is filled with the letter Y and the other has a rare flower in her hair. Inspector Daniel Trokic is leading the case which goes in several directions: to a tribal population in Africa, religious insanity and a horrifying meeting with leeches. When a third woman disappears, Trokic is under pressure to find out what the killer wants to say with his macabre scenery and rituals.
Daniel Trokic isn't your typical police inspector. He's currently in a position of authority, supervising a team of officers and desires to be on the streets in the midst of investigations. When not one, but two bodies are discovered in suitcases hidden by stones on the edge of a farmer's property, Daniel is immediately intrigued. The case becomes even more intriguing when "Y" shaped marks are found on the skin of one victim and a rare North American flower is found in the hair of the other. Further investigation reveals that the Y-shaped marks are those left by leeches and the autopsy reveals that both victims are missing bones. The missing bones lead the investigation toward possible African tribal religious practices. The more Trokic learns, the more the case makes no sense. Both women were obviously abducted and other than having chestnut hair, there aren't any other apparent similarities. To make things even more bizarre, Trokic is contacted by an inmate with possible information on the case. How could someone that's been locked up for more than eighteen months know anything about women missing for less than six months? More importantly will Trokic be able to piece together all of the details in order to save a third victim?
Evil Water was a strangely-addictive read filled with numerous plot twists and turns. Ms. Wolf has provided a chilling read that is equal parts psychological thriller, crime and mystery-suspense. I found Daniel Trokic an interesting and quirky character that brought to mind shades of the television police detective Columbo mixed with television private investigator Monk. Trokic works best alone and will worry over some seemingly small detail until the answer becomes readily apparent. The only potential drawback to this story was the lack of good editing. I found numerous errors related to either translation or editing and these adversely impacted my overall reading pleasure (mainly because it slowed down my reading progress just to make note of the errors). Once I made a conscious decision to ignore the errors, my pleasure increased as did my reading pace. If you enjoy dark mystery-suspense reads, then you definitely want to add Evil Water to your reading list.
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