Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Book Review: Straight Into Darkness

Genre:  Literature & Fiction
Author: Faye Kellerman
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

A old girlfriend, Jewish of course, turned me onto Faye Kellerman and the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novels. They certainly aren't high literature but they are good entertainment and a quick read. A vast difference from most of the highbrow literature I read but a welcome one. Since I do not watch television it is sometimes difficult to keep myself entertained. Pulp fiction fills that need from time to time.
This was an entertaining, two evening read.

"Kellerman, perhaps best known for her Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novels, takes a hiatus from things contemporary in this ambitious historical mystery, in which politics, prejudice, and revenge form the backdrop for murder. The time is 1929, the place is Munich, and Hitler and his thugs and sycophants are gathering momentum for the horrors to come. Kommunisten, Social Democrats, gays, and, especially, Jews are the targets of Brown Shirts, who are increasing in number and viciousness. Even Munich's Homicide Unit has its Nazi sympathizers. Inspektor Axel Berg, however, isn't one of them. He hopes to steer clear of politics, especially on the job. But when the murders of three women and a young child spawn rumors of a serial killer, the pressure to find a scapegoat (the Jewish husband of one of the victims will do as a start) intensifies, and Berg finds himself fighting not only for fairness for the accused but also for his own career. This is a complicated novel, and its mystery occasionally flounders under the weighty political backdrop. But suspense gradually mounts, and the ironic ending is worth the wait. As for Berg, he is one of Kellerman's richest creations--an intriguing protagonist, flawed yet compassionate and heroic, forced to confront enormous odds in brutal times." Stephanie Zvirin (Amazon)
I thought the ending sucked but that is just me. Your milage will probably vary.

(Originally posted to Multiply November 11, 2008)

No comments:

Post a Comment