Top critical review
Not for me.
4 September 2019
I had read other books in this series, years ago, and I recall that they were set during and just after WW II. I had good if vague memories of them so when I saw this on special deal at 99p didn't hesitate. I wish I had! The author's love affair with Berlin especially at the time this book is set (late 1920s early 1930s) is hard to understand, the place was a sewer with lowlife crawling from under every slime covered rock and doing and thinking unspeakable things. Don't misunderstand I have no problems with prostitution, gay clubs and crime syndicates rather with the political and authoritarian mind sets that considered some crimes including murders of prostitutes and war veterans as acceptable, even desirable but worse than all this is the writing which is boring, unconvincing and badly plotted. At the time of the book's setting the Nazis are on the scene but are not great movers and shakers except as street thugs and are casually dismissed (which I suspect is true).
The author's attempt to include as many historical figures, places and happenings as possible fell flat for me it distracted from the hunt for a serial killer which was the main theme.
I really disliked the book as it made me wonder if my fond memories of the character and author from many years ago was a reflection on my naivete or the authors waning powers.
Definitely not for me.