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Straight Into Darkness Hardcover – Aug 2004


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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; First Edition edition (Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446530409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446530408
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,724,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in St. Louis, Faye Kellerman is one of the most highly considered US crime authors. Her first novel, 'The Ritual Bath' (1986) introduced Sergeant Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. It also won the 1987 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery. Kellerman currently lives in Beverly Hills with her husband and four children.

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'Kellerman is strong on plot and Berg is an interesting protagonist... She weaves the search for the serial killer into the bigger story with aplomb' (Observer) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Faye Kellerman's powerful new novel brilliantly evokes the dangerous world of 1920s Munich, where a series of brutal murders brings a talented detective into dangerous confrontation with the increasingly powerful National Socialists --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By George Rodger on 2 Jun 2006
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The characters don't really grab your attention or feel credible, the investigation of the murder proceeds eratically and terribly slowly, for no good reason - after eye-witness statements regarding the prime suspect's description and name/pseudonym, one detective is despatched to look through some records, while Berg, the main detective, meanders about on other matters! And he has absolutely no reaction - then or later - when he comes across the murdered body of his mistress, minutes after having killed to protect her! The whole book lacks believability.

Everyone acts like movie-Nazis (especially the bad ones who foam about jews), and everyone speaks in stilted and clunky WWII movie-German :

"May I ask why you're half-naked?"

"I am not naked - neither half nor whole"

"But neither are you in clothing";

- Berg, when asked if he wants something to eat : "Yes, that would be satisfying"...and so on.

There is no set pattern to the use of German words or terms in the book : most are italicised, as per normal practice, but then others are not, e.g. instead of communist and communism, the author uses Kommunist and Kommunism, both unitalicised - why?

For a period-set book I do like to feel the author knows the period, but you can overdo it...

Here there is an irritating overuse of irrelevant details, as if to show off the author's research : Berg's wife doesn't just hold a can of coffee - it's a 'red can of Onko coffee from bremen'; she doesn't just take a cigarette, oh no, it's ' a cigarette from a red-and-white Schimmelpennick tin'... in fact I think we get the brandname and packaging colours for three or four cigarette brands in the book. It's all unnecessary and overdone.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Winning Form Mr Lips on 13 Mar 2006
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Germany between the wars has recently provided fertile ground for some outstanding thrillers. Hot on the heels of Jeffrey Deaver's excellent "Garden of Beasts" we have Faye Kellerman's riveting "Straight Into Darkness."
I have read most of her Pete Decker novels, and all of husband Jonathan's Alex Delaware works, and, as good as they are, I can say without hesitation that "Straight Into Darkness" is the best and most memorable work penned by either Kellerman. While Deaver set his work in Berlin at around the time of the 1936 Olympics, Kellerman takes us back to Munich, in 1929.
While the book is a murder mystery on one level, it is a great deal more than that. Here we are taken back to a time when the Nazis are not yet in power, but are beginning to make their presence felt in no uncertain terms. This is the time that Hitler and his cohorts are just beginning to captivate the German nation. It paints a frightening and doubtless realistic picture of a nation about to descend into absolute madness.
As a case study of what took Germany down the ultimately self-destructive path of National Socialism, this book provides as good an overview as any dusty historical tome - and it is a great deal more readable, too. This cannot have been an easy book for a Jewish woman to pen, but Kellerman manages not to get preachy or sentimental about those objects of the Nazis' wrath (Jews, Communists, gypsies, etc.) whose worst nightmare has not even really begun at this time. Nor does she fall into the trap of being a little too clever, because she knows a great many things that the book's characters cannot yet know.
It's a great, memorable, and thought-provoking read. If I could give it a sixth star, I would without hestitation.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By George Rodger on 12 Aug 2005
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The characters don't really grab your attention or feel credible, the investigation of the murder proceeds erratically and terribly slowly, for no good reason - after eye-witness statements regarding the prime suspect's description and name/pseudonym, one detective is despatched to look through some records, while Berg,the main detective, meanders about on other matters! And he has absolutely no real reaction - then or later -when he comes across the murdered body of his mistress, minutes after having killed to protect her! The whole book lacks believability.
Everyone acts like movie-Nazis (especially the bad ones who foam about the Jews), and everyone speaks in stilted and clunky WWII movie-German -
'May I ask why you're half-naked?'
'I am not naked - neither half nor whole.'
' But neither are you in clothing.'
- Berg, when asked if he wants something to eat : 'Yes, that would be satisfying.' etc., etc.
There is no set pattern as to the use of German words or terms in the book : most words are italicised, as per normal practice, but then others are not, e.g. instead of communist and communism, the author uses Kommunist and Kommunismus, both unitalicised - why?
For a period-set book, I do like to feel the author knows the period, but you can overdo it...Here there is an irritating overuse of irrelevant detail, as if to show off the author's research : Berg's wife doesn't just hold a can of coffee - it's 'a red can of Onko Kaffee from Bremen'; she doesn't just take a cigarette, oh no, it's 'a cigarette from a red-and-white Schimmelpennick tin' - in fact I think we get the brandname and packaging colours for three or four cigarette brands in the book. It's all unnecessary and overdone.
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