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A Slow Death

Author : James Craig
Published: 10 September 2015
Reviewed: 16 September 2015

What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

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  4 (& 1/2) out of 5 stars

 

 

Berlin 1990.

“I just love the smell of tear gas in the evening…”

The Wall has fallen and Berlin is a magnet for criminals and protestors from all over Germany and the rest of Europe.

When a seemingly ordinary family are slaughtered in their home, Kriminalinspektor Max Drescher finds himself up against a ruthless Mafia clan trying to establish its operations in the newly reunited city.

Max has problems of his own but knowing this could be his last case, the veteran detective will stop at nothing to get a result.
 

Berlin, post Wall is a seedy, grubby, dark and dangerous place for everyone, especially for those instilling law and order into an archaic society.
Kriminalinspektor Max Drescher, far from a German version of Poirot is more like a German Rebus, he drinks, he smokes and he doesn’t strictly play by the rules, but the results are there for anyone to see.  Max has his own demons and problems, but that doesn’t stop him trying to solve what will end up being his final case as a Kriminalinspektor.  The mentions of Max’s past and the memories he draws up are very well written, hinting at more but giving nothing away, but you read on hoping more is given away about him.

Keen not to spoil the book for other readers, I will say there are twists and turns in this novel that will keep you glued to it.

The characters are well written in this novel, physical descriptions are very good, as are the personalities given to each, you can imagine the stubborn streak in some characters, but there are times when the reader can sympathise with the plight of a character or relate to them.

I really liked the use of German in the book, it wakened the dormant German language in my brain and soon I was translating the German in my head and excitedly checking that it was right when it appeared in English in the next sentence.  The use of the language added that little “something extra” to me and seemed to authenticate that it was set in Germany.

A small note about the publisher too, the quirky marketing tactics used to drum up interest in this book were definitely different from other publishers out there, and I have to admit that it piqued my interest seeing the good humoured back and forth between the writer and the publisher as it made for good entertainment as well as making the novel stand out to me, so much so that I pre-ordered it and waited (not so) patiently for publication and download onto my Kindle!  I think that James Craig is definitely an author to watch for the next in the series of Max Drescher, but also Fahrenheit Press to see what crime novels they come out with next!

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Fiction, Mystery, Crime and Thrillers.

A copy can be purchased here A Slow Death (UK Kindle Version)

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Updated link for book purchase 
 

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