Original title: Případ pro exorcistu
Genre: detective novel
Paseka, 2012; Host, 2021 (revised edition)
Rights sold to:
Macedonia (Slavika Libris), Egypt (Al Arabi)
Second, revised edition of the story of Marie Výrová’s first case
It has taken five novels and just ten years for Police Commissioner Výrová to become one of the most popular figures in contemporary Czech thriller writing.
The body of a young woman is found in a church in Štěpánov, not far from Olomouc. First impressions suggest that she was the victim of a strange ritual. In her quest to crack a case in which the local priest, a philandering ornithologist and the crazed pseudo-wiseman of a religious sect are involved, Commissioner Výrová moves between a village of classic Haná-region eccentrics and the University of Olomouc. As the body count rises, so, too, does the number of suspects…
A Case for an Exorcist bears all the hallmarks of a well-written detective story: a bizarre murder, a thrilling investigation, dramatic twists, well-placed humour, credible characters in an authentic milieu, and – above all – a likeable team of detectives.
This work has been made into a successful Czech Television series with direction by Jan Hřebejk, a screenplay by Petr Jarchovský, and Klára Melíšková in the main role.
“The detective story A Case for an Exorcist is for the sharp-witted Czech reader […]. Its engaging, logical, frequently humorous narrative uses sophisticated language in a beautifully crafted story, with just the right dose of tension in all the right places.“
Jiří Lojín, VašeLiteratura.cz
“This is a thrilling, plausible detective story of the classic type, in which the mystery holds till the last moment. Like works by contemporary authors of world renown, it is enhanced by the credibility of its plot and milieu.”
Michal Jareš, Pavel Mandys: The History of the Czech Detective Story / Dějiny české detektivky