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The Ashes of Berlin by Luke McCallin
  

The Ashes of Berlin

Thriller / Suspense   Crime / Mystery   Historical Fiction   Maxim Jakubowski's Selection   
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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

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Synopsis

The Ashes of Berlin by Luke McCallin

World War II is over, and former German intelligence officer Captain Gregor Reinhardt has returned to Berlin. He’s about to find that the bloodshed has not ended — and that for some, death is better than defeat.

A year after Germany’s defeat, Reinhardt has been hired back onto Berlin’s civilian police force. The city is divided among the victorious allied powers, tensions are growing, and the police are riven by internal rivalries as factions within it jockey for power and influence with Berlin’s new masters.

When a man is found slain in a broken-down tenement, Reinhardt embarks on a gruesome investigation. It seems a serial killer is on the loose, and matters only escalate when it’s discovered that one of the victims was the brother of a Nazi scientist.

Reinhardt’s search for the truth takes him across the divided city and soon embroils him in a plot involving the Western Allies and the Soviets. And as he comes under the scrutiny of a group of Germans who want to continue the war — and faces an unwanted reminder from his own past — Reinhardt realizes that this investigation could cost him everything as he pursues a killer who believes that all wrongs must be avenged…

Reviews

Praise for Luke McCallin:

'McCallin's third, and finest, novel... Reinhardt is a terrific creation' - Times (BOOK OF THE MONTH)

'Let's not mince words: historical thrillers don't come any better than The Ashes of Berlin' - Financial Times

'Gritty and atmospheric - a new Luke McCallin novel is a cause for celebration' - William Ryan 'Assiduous research, often beautiful writing, and an engaging protagonist whose melancholy cynicism seems just right for the time and place' - David Downing

'A compelling, addictive narrative that had me turning the pages into the small hours. Superlative' - CJ Carver

About the Author

Luke McCallin

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

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Book Info

Publication date

1st May 2016

Author

Luke McCallin

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Publisher

No Exit Press an imprint of Oldcastle Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
448 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
Historical Fiction
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection

Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781843448327

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