Red Water is a story of the 17-years old girl who went missing after the local fishermen's festivity in a small Dalmatian town in September 1989. During next months and years, due to a social upheavals (fall of communism, political changes, war...) the missing girl case is forgotten, and her family (mother, father and twin brother) is left alone in a pursuit to find her. Novel follows a timespan of 27 years, and observes the destiny of the people inolved in a case (family members, suspects, communist policeman and others).
Contemporary crime literature gives a true picture of everything that defines society and culture of a certain country", said British crime writer Ian Rankin. Pavičić's book is doing just that: through narrative that spans over 30 years it describes the war and tsunami of transition... Red Water is a first class crime novel in which a thrilling search for a provincial pretty girl interwine with a historical drama of a certain country ant its people.
Pavičić sucks in his reader into story as a maelstrom
Literary powerful work that crosses over the genre and ideological boundaries.
Construction of the Pavičić's novel is ambicious even more then usually, starting from a timespan that starts at the dawn of the 80s and ends today... Novel is perfectly fluent, with logical narrative rooting and impeccable characterisation...