The Ashes of Berlin
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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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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…
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
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Publication date1st May 2016
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PublisherNo Exit Press an imprint of Oldcastle Books Ltd
CategoriesCrime & mystery
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