Love Conquers Death
Feelings, manipulation and... death. All crime is born out of greed. Money, power, a loved one, respect. What did Radosław Skowron’s murderer want, or what could he have lost had he not killed him?
In a small village, a local businessman disappears. Police dogs lose the trail just outside the gate surrounding the millionaire’s huge estate. Weeks pass, and there is no trace of the man. The breakthrough comes on a hot August afternoon. In a forest several hundred kilometres away, a man’s body is found wrapped in a blue bag.... Who stood to gain the most from the millionaire’s death? How did his corpse end up at the other end of Poland? Why does the victim’s wife refuse to appear for questioning? And what made the man disinherit his only son just before his death? The Skowron family hides many dirty secrets... And everything becomes even more complicated when it comes to light that already a year earlier there had been an attempted murder of a respected businessman. The case is led by Nikodem Ferenc, head of the district police. The man is very zealous in his duties: he personally accepted a missing person’s report from Radosław Skowron’s wife and regularly spends his nights patrolling the area around their property. It soon becomes apparent that his meticulous attention to the case turns into an obsessive desire to meet Anna, the wife of the murdered...
“Love conquers death” is the third and final volume of Faith - Hope - Love series, based on true events. Katarzyna Bonda changed the names of the characters and the names of the localities where the action takes place. But most of the details and important facts of the case, which the prosecution has turned into circumstantial evidence, are based on a true story.
Love Makes Us Good
The evil they commit is little different from bloody crimes. It causes suffering and irrevocably destroys people’s lives. However, there is something intriguing about frauds… A mysterious quality that attracts us like a magnet. That is why Katarzyna Bonda decided to write a novel about a ruthless, but brilliant fraud – Daniel Skalski.
The court records concerning one of the greatest frauds of the Third Polish Republic comprise more than one hundred and twenty volumes. I have read every sheet of them. Working with the collected material was very painful – it felt like communing with the devil. That is why I decided to create my character on the basis of the devil archetype – this is how the most popular author of crime stories in Poland recollects working on her latest book Love Makes Us Good.
The protagonist of the novel, Daniel Skalski, quickly becomes aware that a legitimate job will not provide him with the means to lead the luxurious life he dreams of. In the pursuit of an easy income, he becomes a criminal. The first opportunity to gain a fortune crosses his path when he meets Gabrysia – a bank clerk who cannot resist his charm. It is she who teaches him the weak points of securities hedging.
At first, Skalski robs the representatives of trading companies in Poland; after that he starts operating on an international scale, handling millions of dollars. He moves to London, where he consistently builds his name as a financier and broker of hedge funds. Now his life is just lies and plotting. Some lives will be destroyed…
The second part of the „Faith. Hope. Love” crime trilogy.
Love heals wounds
A novel based on a true story
„Love heals wounds” is a multi-layered, mysterious and puzzling story of love and crime, struggle and hope. The novel is constructed around two separate time planes and numerous threads, connected by a love story between a Polish woman and a runaway from Kazakhstan. It is based on a true story – the characters have their counterparts in real life. Katarzyna Bonda began to collect materials for this book almost two decades ago. Initially, she wanted to publish it even before her best-selling tetralogy „The Four Elements of Sasza Zaluska”, but some people tried to prevent it. The safety of her family was threatened and Bonda herself was harrassed and bullied. However, she did not give up; after several years, she resumed the topic and the novel „Miłość leczy rany” was finally written.