Volker Kutscher, geb. 1962, arbeitete nach dem Studium der Germanistik, Philosophie und Geschichte zunächst als Tageszeitungsredakteur, bevor er seinen ersten Kriminalroman schrieb. Heute lebt er als freier Autor in Köln.
This is the first title in the hugely popular German Crime series featuring Gereon Rath. Set in Berlin, 1929, Detective Inspector Rath finds himself thrust into a city seething with unrest.
Berlin, 1929. Detective Inspector Rath, was a successful career officer in the Cologne Homicide Division before a shooting incident in which he inadvertently killed a man. He has been transferred to the Vice Squad in Berlin, a job he detests, even though he finds a new friend in his boss, Chief Inspector Wolter. There is seething unrest in the city and the Commissioner of Police has ordered the Vice Squad to ruthlessly enforce the ban on May Day demonstrations. The result is catastrophic with many dead and injured, and a state of emergency is declared in the Communist strongholds of the city