After an absence of two years, during which he was interrogated by the Gestapo and then sent to become a member of the dreaded German Army police force, Gregor Reinhardt must return to Sarajevo, the source of many of his problems, as revealed in the first book in this excellent series "The Man From Berlin". He comes across brutal killings, missing soldiers, and a cloud of secrecy hovering over everything.
It is march 1944, and the German Army and their allies are retreating from Eastern Yugoslavia, pursued by the Communist Partisans. This book brings back many characters, both good and bad, from the first book as they interact with Reinhardt, and try to help, or hinder him, in his personal investigation into a massacre of civilians and the disappearance of a number of members of an army penal battalion.
Reinhardt spends a lot of time in internal reflection, always wondering if he is doing the right thing, and what is going to happen in the future. The plot roars along quite quickly and drags the avid reader with it. Once the book comes to a close and the grisly events are solved and some loose ends cleared up, the reader just knows that Reinhardt will be back in another book, this one more than likely taking him through the end of the war, and then its aftermath. I, for one, can hardly wait!