In a forgotten corner of a rain-lashed park in Amsterdam, the body of a tramp is found. The police can find no name nor any obvious cause of death. Only the scarring on his body suggests he is the latest victim of a serial killer terrorizing the city.
Detective Ronald van Hijn has just one lead: The phone number of a young Englishman. Jon Reed is summoned from London to identify the body and tell van Hijn what he can about the man he knew as Jake Colby. But Jon is determined to do much more for his mysterious friend.
Soon he's uncovering a horrific history of terror and mass murder rooted in Europe's murky past. And the killer is still on the loose.
Stav Sherez is a freelance journalist and music critic.
©2004 Stav Sherez (P)2013 Audible Ltd
“Impressive … a meditation on representations of violence decanted into a crime thriller” (Time Out)
“A gifted writer … deserves to be the thriller of the summer” (Economist)
“Ambitious, audacious, powerful” (Observer)
I rate as follows: 5 Stars = Loved it. 4 Stars = Really liked it. 3 Stars = Liked it. 2 Stars = Didn't like it. 1 Star = Hated it.
There were aspects to this novel I liked very much, and one I did not like as much. It was a very good thriller/mystery, and provided the reader with many different characters to follow, while always making it easy to keep track of them. The plot moved at a good pace, and always kept my interest.
What I did not expect (as it's not part of the book's synopsis) is that the book is primarily focused on Nazis and the holocaust, with some pretty dark topics and scenes. Some of the things described (types of torture done to the Jews in the concentration camps) are very graphic and dark. Some of it was too much for me, and I wish it hadn't gotten as graphic as it did.
Overall, a good mystery/thriller, as long as you can stomach the topics regarding the holocaust.
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