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Luke McCallin, author of The Pale House and The Man from Berlin, delivers a dark, compelling thriller set in post-World War II Germany featuring ex-intelligence officer Captain Gregor Reinhardt.
A year after Germany’s defeat, Reinhardt has been hired back onto Berlin’s civilian police force. The city is divided among the victorious allied powers, but tensions are growing, and the police are riven by internal rivalries as factions within it jockey for power and influence with Berlin’s new masters.
When a man is found slain in a broken-down tenement, Reinhardt embarks on a gruesome investigation. It seems a serial killer is on the loose, and matters only escalate when it’s discovered that one of the victims was the brother of a Nazi scientist.
Reinhardt’s search for the truth takes him across the divided city and soon embroils him in a plot involving the Western Allies and the Soviets. And as he comes under the scrutiny of a group of Germans who want to continue the war—and faces an unwanted reminder from his own past—Reinhardt realizes that this investigation could cost him everything as he pursues a killer who believes that all wrongs must be avenged…
Set in Berlin in 1947, McCallin's third novel featuring German detective Gregor Reinhardt (after 2014's The Pale House) is his best yet. Reinhardt left the Berlin police force before WWII to escape the Nazis, but even after their defeat he finds it difficult to resume his former duties. He's still unable to "bend with the wind, to find accommodation with whatever force or power that held sway." That inflexibility is a hindrance when two male corpses are found in a building in the city's American sector. One was badly injured before breaking his neck in a fall down some stairs. The other, identified as a Mr. Noell, was asphyxiated in his apartment and displayed in what appears, to Reinhardt, to be a ritual manner reminiscent of another recent killing. The inquiry takes an unexpected turn after the first victim is identified as a British officer. The handling of the investigation turns into a test of the new postwar Berlin police force in this engrossing mystery.