Synopses & Reviews
Lustmord the joy of murder. The terrifying concept seems apt for the brutal slaying of a beautiful young society wife dumped in the vast English Garden. Homicide inspector Axel Berg is horrified by the crime...and disturbed by the artful arrangement of the victim's clothes and hair a madman's portrait of death.
Berg's superiors demand quick answers and a quick arrest: a vagrant, the woman's husband, anyone who can be demonized will do. When a second body is discovered, the city erupts into panic, the unrest fomented by the wild-eyed, hate-mongering Austrian Adolf Hitler and his Brownshirt party of young thugs.
Berg can trust no one as he relentlessly hunts a ruthless killer, dodging faceless enemies and back-alley intrigue, struggling to bring a fiend to justice before the country and his life veer straight into darkness.
"One of the finest sisters in crime." Los Angeles Times
"No one working in the crime genre is better." Baltimore Sun
"Reading a good thriller is very much like taking a great vacation: half the fun is getting there. Faye Kellerman is one heck of a tour guide."
Detroit Free Press
New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman traveled to Germany for the meticulous research conducted for hew new novel that takes readers on an edge-of-your-seat journey to 1920s Munich: a city stalked by a killer so ruthless no one is safe not even the innocent.
In 1920s Munich, the body of Anna Gross, a young society wife, has been found in the English Gardens, still clothed in finery. Soon a second body is discovered, also a woman of high society. When a third body is found, homicide detective Axel Berg realizes he's dealing with unprecedented evil. Is the murderer politically motivated? Is he a lone madman? Or worse, is the killer possessed by both political and personal demons? Detective Berg soon finds himself entangled in a web of dangerous intrigue, surrounded by potential enemies. As Munich slips further into turmoil, overrun by political factions and the rise of Hitler, a dedicated policeman can never know who to trust and one simple mistake could be deadly.
In the latest entry in the Peter Decker-Rina Lazarus series, New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman takes us on an edge-of-the-seat journey to the past, and a city stalked by a killer so ruthless no one is safe-not even the police.
About the Author
Faye Kellerman is the author of the bestselling Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novels, as well as a thriller, Moon Music, and a historical novel, The Quality of Mercy. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jonathan Kellerman, and their children.