Bloody Marko

J. Madison Davis, Author Walker & Company $19.95 (213p) ISBN 978-0-8027-1149-6
Edgar nominee Davis's ( The Murder of Frau Schutz ) psychological thriller is a powerful account of the making of a war criminal. When first met, elderly ``Bloody Marko'' Renovich is facing trial in Yugoslavia for war crimes and atrocities. Progressing backward, the novel traces Marko's life in Ecuador as an exhausted terrorist after years as a Nazi collaborator who perpetrated horrendous crimes. Still further back, we emphathize with a young Marko, hopelessly in love; finally, we are confronted with the child Marko, raised in abject poverty, whose lasting legacy of humiliation and a sense of loss shapes the criminal he becomes. With insight and sensitivity Davis takes on a difficult subject, and while the story's lack of a resolution is frustrating, this is a provocative portrait of a man profoundly influenced by his time and place. (June)
Reviewed on: 06/03/1991
Release date: 06/01/1991
Genre: Fiction
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