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Rosso, an honest cop in wartorn Sarajevo, tries to solve the murder of a police
informant.  Meanwhile, the Serbs are attacking the city, his detectives are
mostly corrupt or stoned, his wife is drinking anything she can get her hands on
& his sort-of-adopted daughter is cavorting with a Croat strongman.

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-)


See also:

Book-related and General Links:
        -REVIEW: of   THE MONKEY HOUSE   John Fullerton  Thriller mirrors the confusion  of the Bosnian conflict (YVONNE CRITTENDEN -- Toronto Sun)

If you liked The Monkey House, try:

Kaminsky, Stuart
(Porfiry Rostnikov Mysteries)
    -Death of a Dissident
    -Black Knight in Red Square
    -Red Chameleon
    -A Fine Red Rain
    -A Cold Red Sunrise
    -The Man Who Walked Like a Bear

Kerr, Philip
    -Berlin Noir (Bernie Gunther Mysteries)
        -March Violets
        -The Pale Criminal
        -A German Requiem

Le Carre, John
    -The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
    -Our Game

Mosley, Walter
(Easy Rawlins Mysteries)
    -Devil in a Blue Dress
    -A Red Death
    -White Butterfly
    -Black Betty
    -A Little Yellow Dog

Smith, Martin Cruz
    -Gorky Park
    -Polar Star
    -Red Square