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The End of Law by Therese Down

The End of Law

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A heartbreaking, penetrating and powerful work of fiction steeped in the hellish history of the T4 forced euthanasia programme of Nazi Germany. Set just before and during the Second World War ‘The End of Law’ explores the capabilities of the human soul, often plummeting to the darkest possible depths, as two families find themselves drawn into the centre of the corruption. Make no mistake, this is at times a harrowing, desperately painful and disturbing novel to read, however where there is darkness there is light and hope plays a vital role. Therese Down has placed historical figures in her novel and based some of the central characters on real people, it feels as though this should be an over imagined story, but of course it is based in truth and the impact of the tale had me reeling. The writing is often matter of fact, simple and clear, allowing the words to hit with hammer hard precision. This is a thought provoking and absolutely fascinating read, that encourages thoughts to soar beyond good and evil. ~ Liz Robinson

A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...

The End of Law is a deeply powerful novel. The human tragedy that unfurls on its pages is gripping, as you witness the corruption of both a nation and individuals. This compelling story, whilst dark and full of tension, also shows the power of an individual to act against a regime, in a way that both moved me and inspired me. ~ Jess Tinker, Editor, Lion Hudson

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The End of Law by Therese Down

Berlin, 1933: as Hitler rises to power, the law - designed to protect and serve -becomes twisted to the will of those who dream of a pure Aryan race. SS Officer Walter Gunther is intensely loyal to the Third Reich. His readiness to kill without question or remorse would seem to make him the ideal candidate to lead the T4 euthanasia programme. SS Officer Karl Muller, a trainee doctor and engineer, is also brought into the programme, and assured that his work is consistent with the Hippocratic oath he's due to take. Their mandate: to kill the unworthies - not just the Jews, but crippled children, the mentally ill, homosexuals. Hedda, Walter's wife and old acquaintance of Karl, has no idea of what their work entails. Until, that is, the fate of their families is at stake, and each must confront afresh the choices they have made. This dark, tense novel is a compelling story of human tragedy, and man's potential to revel in, or fight against, the evil actions of a corrupted nation.


A powerful and compassionate book looking into the heart of human dilemma, corruption, and redemption. This is a gripping story of depth and insight. -- Pen Wilcock, author of The Hawk and the Dove series

About the Author

Therese Down

Therese Down is currently working as the Head of English in a Sixth Form College and has been teaching English Literature and Language for over twenty years in a range of schools and colleges. She is also author of Only with Blood.

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Publication date

15th January 2016


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Lion Fiction an imprint of Lion Hudson Plc


320 pages


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