In the summer of 1936, the racial and political climate in Munich are growing tense, and Kommisar Rolf Wundt and his wife Klara are increasingly desperate to leave Nazi Germany while they still can. But when a member of the League of German Girls is found brutally murdered and posed in the yard of a dilapidated farmhouse, Rolf’s supervisor declares that they can’t leave until he’s solved the case. Rolf’s investigation leads him from the depths of the underground Communist movement to the heights of Germany’s elite Nazi society, exposing the cracks in Germany’s so-called unified society as well as the unspoken tensions in Rolf’s complicated marriage. Ultimately, long-buried secrets and overwhelming evidence are laid bare, but how can Rolf bring the killer to justice in a country devoid of justice? And how can he protect himself, his wife, and his former lover from the barbarism of a corrupt and power-hungry government?
The numerous outstanding features making this novel a must read are plenty. Snowden does a wonderful job with the political climate in Germany with Hitler’s ascent. He paints a clear and rather accurate picture of the various parties, the horrific and unfair treatment of the Jewish population. The 1930’s, the intimate intricacies of the Third Reich are exposed and all too real. The overall tone of the time is well executed, really creating a powerful backdrop for the narrative. You will be captivated with this story from the very beginning. The characters pique your interest and are well developed. Not your average murder mystery, Snowden encompasses all aspects of a more than competent author to provide a unique reading experience along with masterful storyline. Snowden certainly deserves acknowledgment of his stellar research, very apparent with the historical references, nothing less than accurate.
To reiterate the comprehensive research really makes this book standout. The political aspects immaculately accurate. The major political players of the time presented with such clarity and certitude it enhances the entire reading adventure – Hitler, Himmler, Heydrich and Goering. Snowden thoroughly brings these figureheads to life through his prose, interactions and persons.
A different take on a murder mystery, allowing the peruser an in depth view of Germany’s crude past complete with power struggles among the Third Reich. Highly highly recommend this well crafted and researched novel.
About Jim Snowden
Bellevue author Jim Snowden has published short stories in Pulphouse, Mind In Motion, The Seattle Review, The King’s English, and MAKE. His novella, Escape Velocities, was named a 2004 notable story by the editors of StorySouth. Jim received his MFA from the University of Washington in 2004, where he won the David Guterson award for his work on his debut novel, Dismantle the Sun. He also runs a small press, MMIP Books, which published its first short story collection, Coming Unglued: Six Stories About Things Falling Apart, in May of 2011. Its second collection, Blood Promises, And Other Commitments was released in April of 2013.
Follow all of Jim Snowden’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, September 15th: Nightly Reading
Wednesday, September 17th: The Year in Books
Thursday, September 18th: Maurice on Books
Tuesday, September 23rd: Words by Webb
Thursday, September 25th: 5 Minutes for Books
Friday, September 26th: Mystery Playground – Drinks with Reads guest post
Monday, September 29th: JulzReads
Wednesday, October 1st: Back Porchervations
Friday, October 3rd: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Monday, October 6th: Diary of an Eccentric
Wednesday, October 8th: Books and Movies – spotlight/giveaway
Thursday, October 9th: Sarah’s Book Shelves
Monday, October 13th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Thursday, October 16th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Monday, October 20th: Omnimystery News – author guest post
Wednesday, October 22nd: From the TBR Pile
Monday, November 3rd: Musings of a Bookish Kitty