Now an old man, Marko Renovich is still sly enough to toy with the state prosecutor during his interrogation, insisting that he is not Bloody Marko, the infamous Serbian war criminal. Yet what may seem a game is none other than the final gambit in a lifelong struggle to become someone other than the peasant son of Svetozar Renovich, the man who brought down smallpox on his village when his goat interrupted Easter Mass. Legend says that a curse now rests on his family, and, as the defining moments of Marko's life are revealed through various women, it seems true. Davis makes Bloody Marko a compelling portrait of a war criminal not through unusual substance but through unique structure. By telling the story backwards, from death to childhood, Davis engenders this character study with the complexities of real life. It is a neat trick, and it works very, very well.
Used availability for J Madison Davis's Bloody Marko
May 1991 : USA Hardback