The Monkey House Paperback – Aug 13 2004
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Branston Flett is a famous American journalist who comes to wartime Sarajevo with the intent of covering the ethnic conflict. But what he discovers is the netherworld of a city gone mad. A police informant is found drowned in a bathtub of a building that rarely has water. The building is in a Serb enclave detested by the Croats. A Croatian detective with a Serbian wife is suspicious. Meanwhile gunfire, mortar, and artillery ring through the city. People are starving; others are dying. War story, crime thriller, tale of urban decay, The Monkey House is a powerful book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Wartorn Sarajevo provides the setting for this gripping, atmospheric thriller in the tradition of le Carre and Cruz Smith's Gorky Park. Police superintendent Rosso, a Croat and Sarajevo's "top cop," returns home from Zagreb to learn of a recent murder his ill-equipped, understaffed detective squad hasn't even bothered to investigate: of a Serbian dentist?and sometime police informant?found dead in her bathtub. Luka, a dangerous warlord and black marketeer, is Rosso's top suspect, but Rosso's authority is mostly a memory of peacetime, while Luka's troops are active throughout the city. Nor can Rosso expect much help from the citizenry?what is one more murder in a city engulfed by violence and death? Rosso's Serbian wife suggests he drop the matter as she hides in a haze of alcoholism and fear. Their Muslim goddaughter, Tanja?who may be having an affair with Luka?also urges caution. But Rosso must stand against this rampant amorality, for very personal reasons, for his family and for his homeland. Fullerton, a Reuters reporter, steers clear of trying to explain the Bosnian conflict. Instead, he brings it to life through the hardships and dangers his characters accept as daily routine?just as, in this engaging and timely first novel, he dramatizes personal relationships every bit as thorny as the politics that have ravaged a once beautiful land. Author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
This book describes police superintendent Rosso's investigation of a murder. The murder was ordered by a successful gangster, drug smuggler, and profiteer whose gang acts as wartorn Sarajevo's civilian militia. A subplot describes an American reporter's experiences in Sarajevo, and contrasts the reporter's affluent lifestyle with the lives of those around him. The Bosnian settling is relevant today because UN peacekeeping efforts continue in Bosnia today.
John Fullerton has portrayed war's long-lasting hardship within a clearly written and interesting novel, an impressive accomplishment.
Fullerton was a foreign correspondent & covered the war in Bosnia. He vividly portrays the desperation of life in the war zone and the near lawlessness of Sarajevo adds additional tension to a fairly straightforward mystery. GRADE: B-
Most recent customer reviews
Well all i can say is that this book is the by far the best book i have read this year. It is stunningly gripping written with obvious style and talent. Read morePublished on Dec 24 2003
I can't believe my teacher made me read this book, it is the stupidest thing ever, it is so badly written, and the story seems to go somewhere, but where? Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2001 by Hiro Sakura
The plot is OK, but this book gives you a great idea of what it was like to live through the harsh Sarajevo winters when the city was under siege and the western world didn't... Read morePublished on Aug. 30 1998
Being a Sarajevan myself, I was sceptical about outsiders writing about my city and my war, However J. Fullerton did it very well. Read morePublished on March 7 1998