24 November 2011
Where the Devil Can't Go
A few miles away in Stratford, Janusz Kiszka – unofficial fixer to East London’s Polish community – is roughing up a builder who owes him money. Janusz wonders if, at 45, he’s getting a bit old for this kind of work. His latest job - searching for a missing waitress on behalf of his nagging priest - has him trawling through the murky underbelly of London, and his love life isn’t faring much better as he falls for the married Kasia, Soho’s most straitlaced stripper.
But Janusz’s life is about to spin wildly out of control. Warned off his search by a knife-wielding drug gangster, he finds himself accused of murder by ambitious young detective DC Natalie Kershaw. Janusz is forced to take an
unscheduled mini-break: to Poland, to find the real killer.
From the grime-covered alleyways of East London to the winding mist-wreathed streets of his home town Gdansk,
Janusz must confront painful memories from the Soviet past. His search for answers will lead him to the sinister home of a former Communist secret policeman... and evidence of a decades-old betrayal which powerful forces want to keep buried - forever.
This compelling debut novel from Anya Lipska is not only an unusual and exciting thriller, but brilliantly captures a
sense of place. Lipska’s characterisation of East London and its Polish workforce as they construct the stadia for the Olympic Games is as gripping as the murder and conspiracy itself.