Petr Sagitarius

Petr Sagitarius (b. 1966) was born in Třinec as a Czech with Polish roots. In 2014, he started a blog, which allowed him to find his literary voice. He wrote his first crime novel in 2017 – and is working on the seventh part in the series already. His fictitious stories take place in real settings the author is intimately familiar with. All are connected through the individual characters’ intertwining storylines.

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Trujkunt

October 2020, 352 pages

Available material: English sample

A crime story about a detective as quirky and jaunty as the district he serves

Trujkunt is a peculiar area in the easternmost corner of the Czech Republic. Located by the tri-national border of Czechia, Poland and Slovakia, it has a distinct culture and specific Czech-Polish language of its own. It is a strongly religious region inhabited by the descendants of young men who were drafted by the Wehrmacht during World War II, and still scarred by the division of the historically coherent Těšín-Silesia region. The specific set of conditions which have shaped this area are clearly reflected in the locals’ mentality.

Roman Saran, a quirky major in the Department of Criminal Investigation in Ostrava, deals with murders marked by unusual circumstances in this cleverly-structured, highly readable crime novel.

From the sample translation

Roman Saran was a fighter by nature. The rumbling R’s in his name should be enough of a warning to anyone who considered picking a fight with him. If he got punched, he never backed up; he would always get up and hit back twice. He was a mere 5′ 7″ tall, but his shoulders were wide and his body lean and muscular. Thanks to his unruly blonde hair, he had been cherubic as a child, but those days were long gone: his hair was still fair, but a twice-broken nose canceled out his angelic look in a way that impressed anyone he interrogated. His sky-blue eyes were another powerful weapon in his arsenal. Just like he never ducked in a fight, he never dodged anyone’s look. Depending on the situation, Saran’s eyes posed one of two questions to his challenger: the first one being, “Do you really think I’m an idiot?” And the second, “Sure you wanna fight me?” Both were highly effective. His colleagues respected him for his tenacity and quick mind.