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Where the Devil Can’t Go

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A naked girl has washed up on the banks of the River Thames. The only clue to her identity is a heart-shaped tattoo encircling two foreign names. Who is she – and why did she die?

Life’s already complicated enough for Janusz Kiszka, unofficial ‘fixer’ for East London’s Polish community: his priest has asked him to track down a young waitress who has gone missing; a builder on the Olympics site owes him a pile of money; and he’s falling for married Kasia, Soho’s most strait-laced stripper. But when Janusz finds himself accused of murder by an ambitious young detective, Natalie Kershaw, and pursued by drug dealing gang members, he is forced to take an unscheduled trip back to Poland to find the real killer.

In the mist-wreathed streets of his hometown of Gdansk, Janusz must confront painful memories from the Soviet past if he is to uncover the conspiracy – and with it, a decades-old betrayal.

Critics Review

  • ‘A gripping reminder of how crime fiction reveals the world around us’ VAL McDERMID

    ‘A gripping, suspenseful page-turner, spiced with humour and grit, with a charismatic and excitingly different lead.’ – Emlyn Rees, author of Hunted and Wanted

    ‘Anya Lipska’s remarkable novel has been accruing considerable praise…all of it justified.’ The Good Book Guide

    ‘Lipska’s debut novel won’t disappoint crime fiction fans…keeps the plot twists coming at every turn.’ We Love This Book

    ‘The moment I started reading this exciting thriller, I felt that thrill – the thrill of discovering a new favourite author.’ Mark Edwards, author, Catch Your Death, Magpies

    ‘Lipska does for the East End what Rankin does for Edinburgh’ James Craig, author, the Inspector Carlyle novels

    ‘A most unusual and exciting thriller.’ Dame Joan Bakewell

    ‘The story just flew off the page. An exciting new talent with a truly unique voice,’ Mari Hannah, author, the DCI Kate Daniels series

    ‘A frighteningly good debut.’ Chris Simms, author, The Edge and Hell’s Fire

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