As evening falls against the majestic backdrop of the Bavarian Alps, Charles Hirter, an American tourist, is savagely murdered. In the peace, quiet and pastoral splendor of this magnificent setting, Charles Hirter draws his last breath. Was Charles simply in the wrong place at the wrong time? Kommissar Franz Waldbaer, the German detective in charge of the case, faces an investigation that yields neither clues nor suspects nor motives. A gruff, go-it alone detective, Waldbaer is dismayed by the arrival of Robert Hirter, the victim's brother, who insists on joining the investigation. But there is more to Robert than meets the eye.As Robert and the Kommissar uncover a nefarious nexus of evil past and evil present, they find themselves probing dark, long-forgotten episodes from the Third Reich in order to identify the present threat.Thrust into a violent world of fanatic passions, malevolent intentions and excruciating urgency, Robert Hirter and Kommissar Waldbaer must race against the clock to stop a sophisticated, covert, and deadly plot.
Le Beau, who served for more than 25 years in the CIA as a clandestine operations officer, offers few surprises and a mundane plot in his debut. After someone brains American backpacker Charles Hirter while Hirter is hiking in the Upper Bavarian Alps, his CIA operative brother, Robert, travels to Bavaria to claim his body and find the truth behind his death. An elderly Nazi tips Robert off to a possible motive for the killing during WWII something secret was concealed in a cave near where his brother's body was found. That something secret proves to be a weapon of mass destruction, which has been found by Islamic terrorists who plan to use it for an attack in Germany. Aided by his colleagues in U.S. intelligence, Robert works with the local police to stop the fanatics before they can cause massive civilian casualties. Thrillers fans won't find much tension or suspense.