Published November 2007
Length 416 pages
ISBN 9781905559299 (ebook)
A murdered revolutionary, a vicious serial killer, a city in chaos, all lead to Rosa.
November 1918: socialist revolution is sweeping across Germany, transforming war-ravaged Berlin into a political battleground. Five women from the slums are found murdered, all with identical markings on their back. When the sixth turns out to be the socialist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg, the case turns political with the Polpo, the political police, complicating the investigations of Detective Inspector Nikolai Hoffner and his assistant Hans Fichte.
'... a novel so richly drawn, so dark and so compelling it reaches into your gut and holds on tight...'
Detroit Free Press
'Rabb gives us a dreadful Berlin, a sinister Polpo, the sound of boots, the smell of corpses, patterns of guilt as runic as lace gloves and city streets, and a ghostly noir that could have been conspired at by Raymond Chandler and André Malraux.'
About Jonathan Rabb
Jonathan Rabb is a full-time novelist who lives in Savannah, Georgia. Widely translated, he is rapidly becoming known as one of the strongest voices in thrillers. Now published by prestigious Farrar Straus in the US.
'Tantalizing . . . memorable . . . a tour de force.'
The New York Times Book Review
'Rabb artfully delineates the city as it emerges from war, defeat, and revolution into the shadow of a nascent state of terror.'
The Boston Globe
'Any fan of historical mystery should read this. ... at its heart, it is a brilliant, real-life mystery transformed into fiction.'
Toronto Globe and Mail
'Rabb wields a deft and chilling pen..'
'Wonderfully evocative . . . this novel transcends the mystery genre by offering readers a glimpse into the economic and political chaos in Berlin after the war and then transcends politics by giving a pulsatingly detailed account of individual life at a particular moment in history.'
Booklist (starred review)