BOOKS: CRIME SCENE: SARAJEVO

A BROODING COP THRILLER IS SET AMID BOSNIA'S WAR

The world, or that part of the world that watches CNN, first tried to ignore Sarajevo and Bosnia. Then, as the horrors mounted, it struggled to make sense of what was happening. But sense quickly short-circuited to cynicism: humankind is fatally tribal, especially in its religious impulses, and it is in the nature of tribes to hate one another at all times and to slaughter one another when possible.

This brooding resignation takes over in one of the first cop novels to come out of Sarajevo's agony, The Monkey House (Crown; 384 pages; $25). Author John Fullerton, a British reporter who...

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