For the Stasi, it's not just the truth that gets buried . . .
The body of a teenage boy is found weighted down in a lake. Karin Müller, newly appointed Major of the People's Police, is called to investigate. But her power will only stretch so far, when every move she makes is under the watchful eye of the Stasi.
Then, when the son of Müller's team member goes missing, it quickly becomes clear that there is a terrifying conspiracy at the heart of this case, one that could fast lead Müller and her young family into real danger.
Can she navigate this complex political web and find the missing boy, before it's too late?
Praise for the Karin Müller series
'Masterful. . . an intricate, absorbing page-turner' Daily Express
'This fast-paced thriller hooks the readers from the start' The Sun
'Superb. A thrilling Cold War mystery that reminded me of Robert Harris at his best' Mason Cross
'Up there with Martin Cruz Smith and the other greats of the field' Abir Mukherjee
'Masterful . . . a cracking debut' David Jackson
At the start of Young's exceptional third novel set in mid-1970s East Germany (after Stasi Wolf), Colonel Reininger of the People's Police offers detective Karin M ller, who has recently returned from maternity leave, a deal. In return for her agreeing to lead a sensitive homicide investigation, Reininger will give M ller a big promotion and ensure she gets a larger apartment in East Berlin. M ller accepts, despite her worries about leaving her infant twins at home and having to work with Colonel J ger, "a man to fear" who works in the Ministry of State Security, or Stasi. The politically related case involves the murder of a teenage boy found in an East Berlin lake. The stakes rise when the son of Karin's forensic investigator goes missing. Meanwhile, fights with her children's father explode Karin's personal world as she, an uneasy believer in socialism, struggles to save victims of brutality, preserve her self-respect, and discern honest friends from Stasi foes. Spy fiction fans will savor Young's meticulous look at East Germany's heart of darkness.