Original title: Ještě není konec
Genre: detective novel
Jiří Marek Award 2017 (honorary mention)
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The third detective novel starring the idiosyncratic Commissioner Výrová, whose cases have been turned into a successful television series.
It’s a hot August afternoon in 1987. The holidays are drawing to a close and twelve year old Hana Kolihová inadvertently witnesses a particularly brutal murder in the villa by the river on the outskirts of the city. The police catch the perpetrator remarkably quickly and nobody believes Hana’s claim that the murderer was in fact a strange green spirit, resembling the water-goblin from Karel Jaromír Erben’s collection of ballads, Kytice.
This time, Police Commissioner Marie Výrová will be investigating a quarter-century old murder. Following a meeting with Hana Kolihová, who has never quite recovered from her dreadful experience, Výrová picks up the file on the long-closed case out of mere curiosity. Before long, however, she is convinced that the investigators made a series of errors, so overlooking other potential suspects who had the motive and opportunity to commit the crime. After twenty-five years, family ghosts appear to those with the greatest need to forget. Guilt casts a shadow over everything. Who is the true perpetrator of a crime that wrecked the once prominent family of a renowned local doctor?