A chilling novel of murder and madness in post-World War II Germany.
Winter 1945. Seven months after the Nazi defeat, Munich is in ruins. Mason Collins - a former Chicago homicide detective, US soldier, and prisoner of war - is now a US Army criminal investigator in the American Zone of Occupation. It's his job to enforce the law in a place where order has been obliterated. And his job just became much more dangerous.
A killer is stalking the devastated city - one who has knowledge of human anatomy, enacts mysterious rituals with his prey, and seems to pick victims at random. Relying on his wits and instincts, Mason must venture places where his own life is put at risk: from interrogation rooms with unrepentant Nazi war criminals to penetrating the US Army's own black market.
What Mason doesn't know is that the killer he's chasing is stalking him, too.
©2015 John A. Connell (P)2015 Penguin Audio
History, historical fiction and mysteries are my faves, but a fan of all genres.
One of those hard to turn off audies. I'm partial to this type of story but good murder mystery set in post war Munich. Hope this turns into a series, anxiously awaiting next....
The author picked a really interesting period in history, the immediate aftermath of the collapse of Nazi Germany. While the surrounding environment makes for interesting details, the basic plot is, at best, mediocre. Without giving away the story, I would say that the author went with the most cliched plot line - hunting for a serial killer. Out of all the possibilities of setting a crime story in post-war Germany, he settled for one which could have been told in contemporary LA, Chicago, or St.Louis.
The serial killer. What again? Another twisted mind doing carnage, this time with a nod to the horrific atrocities committed by Nazi doctors in the death camps. Connell trivializes these horrors to tell a tale which, unfortunately, feels tired and so cliched.
Engaging, energetic, and listenable.
Why do so many contemporary crime/mystery writers feel compelled to reduce everything to hunting a serial killer? It's boring and has been done to death. While the author picked a fascinating, and largely unexplored time, to set his story, he drops the ball by creating a routine driven cop vs sadistic madman scenario complete with dense bureaucratic boss whose only purpose is to frustrate the protagonist. Spoiler alert -- just like any average B movie thriller, the character has to surrender his badge at the end of act II and pursue the killer all on is own. Wow. Never thought of that.
This story was everything I expected- action, historical insights, accuracy and a real sense of the privations of war on a defeated population. Like our hero, I came To North America as a 5 year old. I retained language of my birth and had heard my parents speak of terrible conditions after the war, lining up to get soup made from cow entrails, meager rations of food, etc. All this came to life in the novel. I appreciate the author ensuring that Americans and Germans had their good people and also corrupt ones. my Dad often called American soldiers Ammies which rhymes with gum miles. In the story it's considered a pejorative term but it was common usage in my father's era. This was like listening to a living, colorful history lesson without dry lecturing. Hope Mr Connell will continue this exciting series featuring Mason Collins.
I liked this book. The characters were great. The killer was a little too much for me to swallow. He was believable and I don't think the actions were unbelievable considering he was the product of Nazi war camps but the detail made the book unenjoyable for me. I admit that this is solely a personal preference and not a lack of talent on the part of the writer.
More of a believable story line. This book was ghastly with all its ghoulishness. I would never recommend it.
The ghoulish and disgusting details.
I am surprised a book such as this was ever published.
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