This is the 4th book in the Karin Müller series. I’ve enjoyed the first 3 books so as soon as this popped up on netgalley I had to request it!
Set in East Berlin, 1977, Karin of the serious crimes department of the Kriminalpolizei is called and rushed back from her family holiday to investigate what appears to be the murder of a local political party official, Found in an old Mill, tied up and locked in a room then left to sufficate on smoke fumes.
Similar murders follow, Müller attempts to investigate but the Stasi block her at every turn whilst her deputy and sometime love interest Weiner Tilsner seems to be acting very strangely about the investigation. Is he somehow involved?
Kicked off the case, Müller goes to her boss, to try and get back on the case, he pointedly refuses and she backs off until she receives a mysterious letter offering information on the murders.
There are flash backs throughout to a 1943 prison camp and the tale of 3 French brothers. These are harrowing, disturbing and the darkest I’ve read from David Young in the 4 Muller books, nothing is sensationalised, it feels very grim and very real.
Betrayal and lies from the people she trusts, Stasi putting up dead ends at every turn, murder , corruption right to the very top of the Stasi and cover ups abound and threats to Müller, what links the murders to these flash backs?
A Tense finale , full of twists and continuing Betrayal , brings an excellent book to its end, and a very interesting turn in Müller‘s life and future leaves me waiting eagerly for the next in the series.
This is the darkest , most powerful of the series so far, some extremely difficult scenes to read , at times almost poignant.
Clevery written, highly researched with great attention to detail especially in regards to the authorities at that time and the ranks and names.
A highly Interesting , intriguing , compelling page turner.
A series going from strength to strength and a highly enjoyable albeit upsetting and dark tale
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