Luke McCallin was born in 1972 in Oxford, grew up in Africa, went to school around the world and has worked with the United Nations as a humanitarian relief worker and peacekeeper in the Caucasus, the Sahel, and the Balkans. His experiences have driven his writing, in which he explores what happens to normal people - those stricken by conflict, by disaster - put under abnormal pressures. He lives with his wife and two children in an old farmhouse in France in the Jura Mountains. He has a master's degree in political science, speaks French, and can just get by in Russian. When he's not working or writing, he enjoys reading history, playing the drums, and heading into the mountains for a run.
Author photo © Barbara McCallin
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The third in a so far underrated series featuring Berlin cop and ex-soldier Gregor Reinhardt, following on from THE MAN FROM BERLIN and THE PALE HOUSE. It's 1947, and the German capital is still in ruins, with Gregor, no longer in the army, a city cop again in a force divided by rivalries, mixed allegiances to a variety of occupying powers and factions and the events of the immediate past, moving murkily through a vividly evoked grey landscape of despair, poverty and ruins. The victim of a supposed serial killer haunting the darkly lit streets turns out to be the brother of a Nazi scientist which raises the problematic investigation to a whole new level of complications and dangers. Atmospheric, melancholy, the novel pulls you into murky historical circumstances that still haunt us, with a noir-like lone wolf detective who will grow on you, with a troubled past and uncertain future as he moves between the rubble in search of a compromised truth. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
In war-torn Yugoslavia, a young film maker and photographer and a German officer have been murdered. Assigned to the case is military intelligence officer Captain Gregor Reinhardt. Already haunted by his wartime actions, he soon finds that his investigation may be more than just a murder - and that the late Yugoslavian film maker may have been much more brilliant - and treacherous - than anyone knew.