‘Conjuring a wartime Berlin where atrocities get lost against a ground of escalating Holocaust and crumbling rationales, Chris Petit’s nerve-wracking S.S. procedural nurses a dread that penetrates right to the marrow' Alan Moore
Berlin 1943. August Schlegel lives in a world full of questions with no easy answers. Why is he being called out on a homicide case when he works in financial crimes? Why did the old Jewish soldier with an Iron Cross shoot the block warden in the eye then put a bullet through his own head? Why does Schlegel persist with the case when no one cares because the Jews are all being shipped out anyway? And why should Eiko Morgen, wearing the dreaded black uniform of the SS, turn up and say he has been assigned to work with him?
Corpses, dressed with fake money, bodies flayed beyond recognition: are these routine murders committed out of rage or is someone trying to tell them something ...
'Powerful evocation of a city living in terror' Sunday Times Crime Club
'Ambitious, darkly atmospheric' The Times
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In 1943, August Schlegel, a Berlin detective specialising in financial fraud, is unexpectedly assigned to a horrifying murder case. As the body count increases, the SS show a troublingly intense interest in his investigations. Chris Petit’s powerfully evocative prose portrays a city in the grip of the Third Reich’s evil, permeating this smartly-paced thriller with a pungent sense of dread and terror.
did not enjoy reading this book
I did not enjoy this book at all. The story is very convoluted and confusing. All the gore seems very un-necessary, ok it’s Nazi Germany but what’s the point? The main characters are not very developed. I actually can’t believe it has become a series with 2 more books.
Two dimensional claptrap. There is something grubby and distasteful about the setting, the plot and the characters. In its favour it is nowhere near as bad as the sequel Pale Horse Riding.
Not worth reading for free.