‘Milena makes a beguiling detective.’
All these years on, bouquets of white lily of the valley are laid in a Belgrade street, where a small Romani boy was beaten to death by two youths. One of the attackers was apprehended and imprisoned. The other was allowed to flee and, after twenty-five years on the run, he returns to Belgrade to confront his past; days later, his corpse is found floating in the Danube.
After a cursory investigation, the police declare it to have been suicide and close the case. But the dead man’s lawyer and the criminologist Milena Lukin begin an investigation of their own. Soon, they stumble upon a clue that leads them into the darkest recesses of Serbian politics, and to the root of a murder that shaped the fate of a country.
Set in Belgrade, a city of flux between East and West, Lily White is a complex and riveting new case for Milena Lukin that once again will take her to the dark heart of Serbia’s past.
CHRISTIAN SCHÜNEMANN, born in 1968, is a journalist who has worked in Moscow and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He received the Helmut Stegmann Prize for Journalism in 2001.
JELENA VOLIĆ is an academic, lecturing in modern German literature. She divides her time between Belgrade and Berlin.