The blurb: Berlin 1944: a serial killer stalks the bombed-out capital of the Reich, preying on women and laying their mutilated bodies in front of war memorials. All of the victims are linked to the Nazi party. But according to one eyewitness account, the perpetrator is not an opponent of Hitler's regime, but rather a loyal Nazi.
Jewish detective Richard Oppenheimer, once a successful investigator for the Berlin police, is reactivated by the Gestapo and forced onto the case. Oppenheimer is not just concerned with catching the killer and helping others survive, but also his own survival. Worst of all, solving this case is what will certainly put him in the most jeopardy. With no other choice but to further his investigation, he feverishly searches for answers, and a way out of this dangerous game.
My review: Germania by Harald Gilbers is a gripping detective novel set during the 1940s in Nazi Germany. When the novel takes place, Richard Oppenheimer lives in a designated "Jewish House" and is surviving on bare scraps. His wife is a German but is excluded from her community and penalized because she married Jewish Oppenheimer. As for Oppenheimer, he had won the Iron Cross during World War I and had been a highly respected homicide detective but has been forced out of his job.
About the Author: Harald Gilbers studied English and history in Augsburg and Munich. He is the recipient of the Glauser Prize for the best crime debut and the French Prix Historia for Odins Söhne (Odin’s Sons) for his first novel, Germania.