Synopses & Reviews
Reunited brothers confront a secret Allied betrayal in postwar Munich.
Occupied Munich, 1946: Irina, a Cossack refugee, confesses to murdering a GI, but American captain Harry Kaspar doesnt buy it. As Harry scours the devastated city for the truth, it leads him to his long-lost German brother, Max, who returned to Hitlers Germany before the war.
Max has a questionable past, and he needs Harry for the cause that could redeem him: rescuing Irinas stranded clan of Cossacks who have been disowned by the Allies and are now being hunted by Soviet death squadsthe cold-blooded upshot of a callous postwar policy.
As a harsh winter brews, the Soviets close in and the Cold War looms, Harry and Max desperately plan for a risky last-ditch rescue on a remote stretch of the German-Czech border. A mysterious visitor from Maxs darkest days shadows them. Everyone is suspect, including Harrys lover, Sabine, and Munich detective Hartmut Dietzboth of whom have pledged to help. But before the Kaspar brothers can save the innocent victims of peace, grave secrets and the deep contempt sown during the war threaten to damn them all.
"Bravo! This is a hard-hitting tale of international intrigue, forced repatriation, and the bittersweet meaning of kinship when all values—even the most elementary ones—appear to have been swallowed up by war.” Ben Pastor, author of Tin Sky, the latest novel in the Martin Bora series
"There's enough action and mystery to keep the pages turning—traitors done in by a shashka, a Ukrainian sword; a dramatic face-off in Czechoslovakia's snowy Šumava Mountains—all spun out in a masterful story of redemption found within the brutalities of postwar realpolitik. Classic noir shadowed by the hulks and rubble of the once-proud city of Munich, a character itself in this haunting tale." Kirkus Reviews
"An excellent atmospheric portrayal of post-war Germany and the complexities of growing international maneuvering during that period, all wrapped in an intriguing mystery. Great read, especially for history buffs looking for a book written with intelligence and passion. Kudos!” Ron Lealos, author of Pashtun and Dont Mean Nuthin
About the Author
was a Fulbright fellow in Munich, Germany. His research on the early US occupation in 1945 inspired him to write several novels centered on WWII and its aftermath. Anderson has an MA in history and has worked in advertising, public relations, and journalism. He lives with his wife, René, in Portland, Oregon.