Paper $17.95 ISBN: 9781910376560 Published March 2019 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
E-book $15.95 ISBN: 9781910376959 Published October 2018

Peony Red

A Case for Milena Lukin

Christian Schünemann and Jelena Volic

Peony Red

Christian Schünemann and Jelena Volic

Distributed for Haus Publishing

Translated by Baida Dar
240 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $17.95 ISBN: 9781910376560 Published March 2019 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
E-book $15.95 ISBN: 9781910376959 Published October 2018
In the Balkans, there is a saying: only where the ground was once soaked with blood will the peony bloom with its full, dizzying red.
            When a young couple is murdered in their home in Kosovo, police are perplexed: there seems to be no motive. But when Milena Lukin’s uncle realizes that the murdered woman was his first love, his niece decides to investigate. All too soon, she is embroiled in the twisted world of Balkan politics, where the past always weighs heavy on the present, and nowhere more so than in her hometown of Belgrade. Old prejudices and new hatreds, merciless profiteers and mendacious politicians—all come together to try to keep Lukin from finding the truth.
            A fast-paced, deftly told thriller Peony Red drops readers into the murky Balkan underworld. Fortunately, in Milena Lukin, they have a strong, capable, no-nonsense guide, one whose adventures will always keep the pages turning. 
Review Quotes
Buchkultur
Peony Red brings to life everyday life in Serbia after the collapse of Yugoslavia. . . . A first-class narrative.”
Schweizer Familie
“Excellently written and with an up-to-date political background, the novel provides a realistic insight into everyday life in the Balkans.”
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