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- Publication Date: April 7, 2015
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- Language: English
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ZUGZWANG (a short story) (Saxon Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The story is set in the Nazi era at a time when it seemed that Hitler could be stopped before he came to supreme power. Already known as the Fuhrer, he had fired a chauffeur over an incident involving the death of Geli Raubal, a cousin to Hitler. Gossip and rumor will probably always surround the death of the cousin. Was it suicide? Were she and Hitler lovers? Was there a situation where she loved him and he didn't return the sentiment? Did Hitler have her killed? None of these questions will be answered in this short story.
This is the story of the brutal killings of three women supposedly with unconnected past lives. The women were killed, mutilated, and discarded in public places. Kriminaldirektor Mydas assigns his best detective, Kriminalkommisar Saxon of the Munich Kripo to solve the case. Saxon will replace former case officer Hessel who has been deemed competent but slow by Mydas. The pressure is on for a quick resolution. This is a time of reorganization and power grabbing for Hitler. In 1933 there are still Brownshirts, gangs of thugs with extrajudicial authority who used most of it to begin the programs of persecution of the Jews. There is also the SS, a branch that has authority over the police. Saxon has to constantly ask to whom he reports. As the pressure for an arrest mounts, Saxon finds himself reporting not to his boss but to the SS in the person of SS-Standardtenführer Kratschik
Saxon begins to see connections between the three murders. Frau Heppeck, a 59-year-old housekeeper and one of the victims, had worked as a housekeeper for Hitler at the time of the Geli suicide. Another victim had worked as a tutor for Geli. A third victim was the friend of Geli's tutor. Saxon had lots to do as he interviewed all acquaintances, employers, and friends of the victims. As Saxon develops leads, the suspect list grows to include his SS boss and his own assistant, Kriminaloberassistent Glasser. Hitler might even be involved.
This was a nostalgic read for me as I am German and I lived most of my time in Munich during tours of duty with the US Army. The police bureaucracy is quite familiar. For people of my generation, there is no avoiding the history of the time.
There is an understated surprise ending. To fully appreciate it, a person would have to have experienced living under an authoritarian, unchecked, non-transparent government. It's an ending that will surprise any reader; it is terrifying for those who have experienced it.
The story takes place in Munich, in the year 1933, at a critical time in Hitler’s career. Kriminalkommissar Saxon of the Munich police is charged with solving the murders of three women who have been brutally murdered. The women are very different (a prostitute, a housekeeper, and a school teacher) but their manner of death indicates that they are connected. Saxon’s investigation leads him to a shocking discovery that, if revealed, could change the course of world events.
The author’s knowledge of the era and its people is impressive. The story is well written and the ending is perfect, leaving you in hopes that there will be a sequel.
Summary: A great five star read! Would make a great movie!
The investigative officer in the narrative finds himself in awkward situations where he is obliged to make certain moves which he doesn't really want to make. The story is set against the backdrop of the early days of Nazi Germany with the SS hovering closely over all activities in the city, especially that of the law. It is a tightly knit, fast moving story filled with suspense from beginning to end. Nothing is given away and the reader becomes a sleuth in his/her own right, close on the heels of the detective at the helm of the investigation. Being familiar with German history of that era, I found that it gives the story that extra edge and heightens the tension a few notches. In the end it is the investigator's personal life which blows up in his face as he is forced to make the final, undesirable move.
It is a narrative in its own league which requires focus and concentration when being read. I felt I had been, like the main character, through the mill myself after having read the last word.
budding Nazi era beautifully. 1930s Germany was a hotbed of rumors, political backstabbing, and just plain fear. The fear
factor escalates when women are murdered and Saxon has to tread the waters of suspicion. The writing is breezy and the ending
did take me by surprise. It's also very atmospheric. Stories that take place in those dark times always grab my interest. If you're
a fan of Nazi-era Germany and its crazy quilt of characters, this book is for you.
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