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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
A Perfect Patricide is a stunning entry in a series by Krzysztof Pacyński, a political thriller with strong historical and cultural references. It is set against the cultural backdrop of American society in the 1980s, where a seasoned senator from Alabama is running for President. A man with a family background that has entanglements with the Jim Crow era, Jefferson Dent has to fight hard to get accepted and to make it clear that he has renounced Jim Crow and even participated in the Civil Rights Movement. Can this man with a troubled past get the acceptance of the US electorate?
There is so much in this thriller that reflects the American political landscape and values, and the role that prejudices play in the electoral system. Readers are introduced to compelling characters, and it is interesting that the protagonist isn’t a perfect character. Apart from his questionable background, he is a genuinely flawed human being. I particularly loved the way he is developed throughout the story, and understanding what drives him offers incredible insight into human nature, into our need for acceptance. Krzysztof Pacyński has a great gift for narrative and his skill in character development is remarkable. He knows how to get readers to fall in love with the characters and want to stay with them. The conflict is huge and it is handled in a masterly way. A Perfect Patricide is a fast-paced, intelligently crafted thriller with wonderful social commentaries. You can’t stop reading once you start.