The debut, “The Man from Berlin” is jaw droppingly good. We get a wholly formed universe in Croatia in WW2, and wholly formed characters without a cliche among them.
Gregor Reinhardt is a German WW1 hero, with an Iron Cross. After a time with Kripo, he is now Abwehr in Croatia where his usual intelligence gathering activities are interrupted by a brutal murder that he has to investigate.
The rest of the series obviously involve crimes, but they are so much more than that. Reinhardt has to struggle with the need to be a decent man in an indecent place as he deal with moral and political complexity.
I’ve read all three (The Pale House and Divided City) and got sucked in entirely. The first two are clearly subjects close to the author’s heart (Yugoslavia) and the third rounds out the series beautifully.
I don’t want to give spoilers, but the idea of decency and redemption run through all 3, and in a non-preachy way.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Introspective hard man coppers.
One thing you’ve learned
More about the WW2 impact in Yugoslavia than I would ever cared to learn