Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Another gripping read from a great thriller writer

The Ashes of Berlin

I was asked to review by Nudge and have been privileged in that I have reviewed The Man from Berlin and Pale House.

This is series three of the Gregor Reinhardt series. This time Gregor is back with Berlin Civilian police as a detective. This is 1947 and Berlin is in turmoil, the city had been badly bombed, people are hungry. Corruption is rife  Gregor knows he is not wanted here.  Previously he had left as he was fleeing the Nazis.

Post war this city is mostly communist  sympathizers, it appears that a serial killer is on the loose when a man is found dead in rubble of a building.  

There is distrust on both sides from him colleagues and his general uneasiness of the situation.  The Allies and Soviets are involved , Germans who want to carry on world war 2 and a past Gregor does not personally want to be reminded of. 

This author researches his subject with attention to detail, it is atmospheric, based on historical circumstances and a thriller writer up there with the best.

This book can be read on its own but this Christmas treat yourself to the series and enjoy a great read over the long festive period.

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