This was a really suspense-filled book, the premise was great and I loved how the environment added to the suspense. I think the time-period being in Nazi Germany adds to the creepy setting and really added to the story, one of the scariest parts was towards the end and it involved a internment camp. The idea freaked me out and made me scared for the character going. Detective Inspector Payne was a great character and I enjoyed going along this mystery with him. He was the right amount of smart and being a detective, Overall I thought this was a really good book and look forward to the next book from Mr. Pritchard.
5 out of 5 stars
The Allies have won the war. Now they have to win the peace…
Post-war Germany is a disaster of epic proportions.
Between trying to rebuild a country from the ground up and capturing Nazi war criminals, British-occupied territory is under more strain than its officers care to admit – theft, assault, and illegal bribes that place daily.
But with the war over, death has begun to mean something again.
Detective Inspector Silas Payne is a Scotland Yard officer seconded to Germany to help implement the Allied policy of denazification by forming a training centre for German policemen.
When a former Waffen-SS soldier and an unidentified woman are found murdered in the cellar of a requisitioned house, Payne launches an investigation that rapidly puts him on the wrong side of the local military commander, who is determined to believe the murders are nothing more than random acts of violence.
Convinced something more sinister lies behind the deaths, and unafraid of ruffling a few feathers, Payne follows his instincts and unearths not only the murderer’s terrible history of killing, but also the everyday horrors of Germany under Nazi rule.
His investigation leads him down a torturous path through the chaos of post-war Germany and pits him against a depraved killer who will stop at nothing to protect his secret.