Split in the late nineties, the last years of Tuđman’s rule. The town is terrorised by an unknown serial killer who murders lawyers, businessmen, politicians, diplomats, and trade-union leaders – the pillars of society. The murders are bloody and cruel. The case is investigated by two policemen, an ex-communist Barbir and an old conservative Čorak. They are soon to discover that the murders have not been committed by a maniac, but are rather part of a complex conspiracy.
The world of Croatia in the nineties is unravelled in front of their eyes: the world in which diplomats smuggle objects of art, secret services work for criminal fractions, and newspapers are used to fight private wars. It is in the middle of this world that three people become both culprits and victims: an old journalist, a young girl addicted to drugs, and a war veteran, a religious fanatic.
The plot of Nedjeljni prijatelj strikes one as a maze from which one needs to get out escaping the monstrous Minotaur. And even the Minotaur, as some characters from this novel, feeds on human flesh.
Not even this time did Jurica Pavičić let his audiences down. On the contrary!
In Nedjeljni prijatelj, Pavičić once again proves to be a serious, possibly our most ambitious novelist at the moment…
The characters are conveniently torn between their strong points and their weaknesses, and a few of them who are closer to the reader have been placed into a gap dividing the culprit and the victim: the victims are to a large extent shown as culprits, and vice versa.