In this book The enemy within by Mieke de Loof we meet again
with the Jesuit/secret agentIgnatz Ksaveriand Elisabeth in the period before World War one in Vienna. As in
her other books, she has an elegant style, driving the story forward through
the dialogs. The amount of research that goes into a historic crime novel is
daunting. Vienna, its streets and quays, buildings and the flavor of the local
lingo all comes to life within a realistically sketched historical frame. The hunger protests in 1911 against ‘predatory capitalism’ was violently squashed.
Friends of the protagonists get killed. We get acquainted with the violent and
non-violent sceneof the
anarchists. The killing of Franz Ferdinant and the beginning of WWI is announced.
Emma Goldmann, alias E.G. Bradey, did read in Vienna during that period. The
research into the traffic of weapons is impressive. Places she describes
still exist. This historical crime novel became strangely contemporary with the
Occupy movement and the Arab Spring... Serendipity. I enjoy how intelligently she weaves all
the facts she researched into a fluid story one will want to finish in one
sitting... Take your time and enjoy – Only available in Dutch for the time
Mieke de Loof is a philosopher, writer and sociologist. We're lucky: in total the Vienna Ignatz Ksaveri and Elisabeth series will consists of seven books