Thursday, July 11, 2013

THE MAN FROM BERLIN by Luke McCallin (Berkley)

It's the latter part of WW-II in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. A German officer  and a popular Yugoslavian  photographer, Marija  Vukic have been murdered. Both bodies turned up in her apartment. Now it is the job of German detective Gregor Reinhardt to try to solve the double homicide. His competition is the local police in the form of a detective named Padelin. Although it appears that they  are  working together,  Padelin has his own agenda. He is interested only in getting  Vukic's killer while Reinhardt wants to solve both murders.

Reinhardt is complicated. He served his country proudly in WW-I but is definitely unhappy with the way Germany has evolved in the 30s and 40s. He declined working with the Gestapo and is reasonably content to work as a detective. Many factors are playing into this case: The Croats are looking for a scapegoat whil Reinhardt’s personal internal conflicts will complicate things.

The Man From Berlin is McCallin’s first book. It appears that his research is solid. For those who love mysteries with a mixture of historical fiction, I believe this author has created a well-written book.
—Steve Bank

FTC Disclosure: This book was provided by the publisher.

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