Regular price: $31.50

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

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

More from the same

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.0 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    27
  • 4 Stars
    25
  • 3 Stars
    12
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    5

Performance

  • 4.2 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    34
  • 4 Stars
    21
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    5

Story

  • 3.9 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    25
  • 4 Stars
    24
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    5
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Howie
  • Calgary, AB, Canada
  • 05-25-15

Excellent WWII historical fiction....

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....

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

wow-like watching a 1940s movie!

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

This is absolute drivel..

Starting with the appallingly told back-story of the American post-WW2 occupation of Germany, the book descends into a load of psycho-babble about ritualistic murder. Apparently driven by maternal issues, we are asked to endure the murderer's crazed rambling thoughts. Worst listen all year.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great setting, mediocre plot

Is there anything you would change about this book?

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.

What was most disappointing about John A. Connell’s story?

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.

What three words best describe Rob Shapiro’s performance?

Engaging, energetic, and listenable.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Good book. A little to demented for my taste.

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Ruins of War

What would have made Ruins of War better?

More of a believable story line. This book was ghastly with all its ghoulishness. I would never recommend it.

What was most disappointing about John A. Connell’s story?

The ghoulish and disgusting details.

What didn’t you like about Rob Shapiro’s performance?

No comment

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disgust

Any additional comments?

I am surprised a book such as this was ever published.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

standard issue detective story

this tale is a template of a humdred books. i have read. no depth.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful