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In 1929 Munich, German homicide detective Axel Berg must solve the murder of a young society wife. Axel's superiors want the case closed immediately and would just as soon have the Jewish husband blamed. But when a second young woman is murdered, Axel fears that a deadly killer is stalking the streets.

With Hitler and his brownshirt gangs terrorizing all those who disagree with them, Axel suspects that more death and destruction are just around the corner. But he doggedly refuses to let scapegoats take the fall for a growing series of murders, even though his decision could endanger his life and his family.

Taking a break from her bestselling Peter Decker series, the megatalented Kellerman ventures into the dark and extremely disquieting world of pre-World War II Germany. This intriguing crime drama reveals human nature at its worst, as well as the courage some display in the face of evil. Haunting and disturbing! (Aug., 432 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith