Inspector Anders of the Rome Police became a hero when he closed down an anarchist group years ago. But in the action he lost a leg - and his nerve. Since then, he's made his moral compromises. Now, battle-weary, he'll do one last job.
As Europol's top investigator, Anders is ordered to Prague to locate a mysterious, unpublished dossier said to detail explosive allegations against prominent Czech business leaders. What lies behind the shadowy threats of the dossier's author who - like Kafka's famous protagonist - styles himself as Joseph K? Clues lie in the past, in Spring 1968, in interactions between the ruthless communist secret police - the StB - and their victims. Can Anders, caught between forces of repression and revenge, stop the mayhem before himself falling victim?