The kidnapping of a seven year old boy from a primary school initially looks like a cruel yet relatively ordinary crime. However, the investigation uncovers a number strange details: the kidnapper doesn’t communicate, hasn’t issued any demands and even reveals his face, perhaps to mock the police. They immediately identify him and detective Miko Syrový becomes involved in the investigation against his will — as the perpetrator of the kidnapping is his former colleague, Bert. A thrilling game of cat and mouse ensues between the two detectives, but Bert, who knows Miko too well, is always one step ahead.
The author, a former policemen who writes under the pseudonym Martin Goffa, has written seven hardboiled crime novels based on experiences from his previous profession.
“[The Child in the Mist] is exceptional because of its perfect understanding of police investigations and its authenticity therefore attracts readers. Moreover, the deeply human story — the kidnapping of a seven year old child — is depicted in a gripping drama.”
— Lubor Falteisek, chairman of the Jiří Marek Award for Best Crime Novel jury