Amok did not sell particularly well when first published by Bala’s friend, despite the enticing cover catch-line that it was intended ‘for adults only’. Zofia Wichlacz in Amok () Amok () . Stanislaw Bala a police inspector suspects he has found evidence in a newly-published book entitled ” Amok”. In his debut novel Amok, Polish author Krystian Bala describes the torture and murder of a young woman whose hands are bound behind.

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She was also blond, pretty and liked to party. He gestures vaguely with his hand, taking in his surroundings with a brief, unconcerned glance: He is even working on his second novel, which he promises with some relish will be ‘even more scandalous’ than the first.

Does he feel any compassion for Janiszewski’s family? Bala age 4 Kosma Press November 13, Date of arrest: In Amokwhich has turned out to be a best-seller in Poland, Chris is never caught and gets away with murder.

InGrann’s article was optioned to be made into a movie by Focus Films. Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession Bala has already been languishing in custody here for 20 months – under UK law, serious crime suspects can be detained for a maximum of days.

Jealousy – S uspect that the victim was sleeping with his ex-wife. Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options.

Stranger than fiction

He was able to read when he was five. More sensationally, clues to the killing were found in Bala’s first novel Amokpublished several years after Janiszewski’s killing.

But the hala sufficed to find him guilty of planning and orchestrating the crime. The police discovered that Bala was visiting those countries on a scuba-diving trip on the relevant dates.


Retrieved 24 May Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession Within six months, Commissar Jacek Wroblewski, leading the investigation, dropped the case. Experts said the narrator-killer in his book bears a psychological resemblance to Bala.

Amok by Krystian Bala

No family member knows about his secret plans and the real reasons of his visit. His family and lawyer said they planned to appeal. The difference suits him well.

The verdict caps months of intense speculation in Poland about Bala’s gala in one of the grisliest murder cases in recent akok. He said, “Father, you cannot understand what I wrote here because you haven’t learned what I learned and that’s why you cannot understand the deeper sense of it. As he gets more animated, his stilted conversational English breaks into the hiss and spit of quickfire Polish.

Where can I get this in English? Prosecutors believed the motive for the killing was tied to jealousyas Bala had assumed that his estranged wife was having an affair with Janiszewski.

In the book, the narrator gets away with murder. Amik got married in The tip of a big toe protrudes through a hole in his left sock.

But there was no serious girlfriend until he met Stanislawa inon one of his regular fishing trips.

Preview — Amok by Krystian Bala. Adam unexpectedly visits his family house at Christmas after a qmok years of working abroad. The case fueled intense media interest in Poland — TV crews and journalists crowded the courtroom Wednesday — largely because of the novel, in which the narrator, Chris, fatally stabs a woman named Mary after binding her hands behind her back and running the rope to a noose around her neck. Year in cinema.

Inwhile Bala stayed in prison, an appeals court ordered bqla retrial of the case.

Krystian Bala (Author of Amok)

In real life, however, Bala got his comeuppance, even though it was seven years after the disappearance of the advertising executive whose murder confounded detectives until they read the book. He talked easily to people and made friends. The judge said Bala was driven by jealousy to kill Janiszewski, whom Bala suspected of having an affair with his estranged wife.


The court heard expert and witness evidence that Bala was a control freak, eager to show off his intelligence, “pathologically jealous” and inclined to sadism. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Retrieved from ” https: In DecemberBala had a new trial and was again found guilty and continued to serve a twenty-five year sentence. Retrieved 10 February Audible Download Audio Books. Fiction imitated life, it would seem, but only so far. The police had little to go on.

The first police officers on the scene were struck by the strange way the victim had been tied up: Jan Banas, acclaimed Silesian football player of the s and s, struggles to makes his dreams come true on and off the field. As he talks, Bala bends back its spine and thumbs through the volume urgently, his eyes, framed by square wireless spectacles, skimming rapidly across the page.

True Crime Thursday: Krystian Bala and Truth-Laced Fiction

But authorities struggled to solve the case and abandoned it after six months. Views Read Edit View history. He likes to paint himself as a great dissident writer, an author whose work was deliberately intended to provoke conservative Polish society, and a philosopher whose thought processes are too bsla for the masses to understand.