As I was reading The Air Raid Killer by Frank Goldammer about a Dresden detective's search for a serial killer who uses air raid alerts as cover for his murders, I speculated that the climax would come during the great Valentine's Day raid. I was wrong about that. The raid comes roughly halfway through with the second half of the book set during May 1945 while Dresden is occupied by the Soviets. Our hero, Max Heller, strives to be a non-political good detective but must deal with increasingly fanatic Nazi superiors in the first half and vengeance-bent commie superiors in the second. Trying to just do his job, he has been made to care about ideology and whatever he does, many will want him dead. Although the German author could not have intended to represent our current society in which however much we just want to just do our jobs, we are made to care about increasingly insane ideological theory, there may be a certain similarity.
I'd give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It is nightmare journey through a man-made Dante's Inferno in which Heller tries to find the vicious killer of a half dozen unfortunate women in a sea of murderers of millions. It is in the form of a murder mystery and I didn't guess the killer.