As a few other reviewers have suggested, this is more than just a murder mystery/wartime thriller - although it succeeds pretty well on that basis also.
The recurring themes however, are moral and ethical ones: How did the German people allow the madness of the Third Reich to happen? How many people had to be "punished" before the guilt was avenged? Were the Soviet invaders any "better" than the Nazis? Were the Americans guilty of complicity when they "recruited" the German rocket scientists in readiness for the "Cold War"?
In this sense, the book reminded me strongly of "The Third Man" and other works by Graham Greene in a similar vein. I will be interested in seeing if the George Clooney film has retained this atmosphere on the screen, and will also be reading more of Joseph Kanon's books.
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