In wartime Berlin the brilliant, idealistic young detective Georg Heuser joins the Murder Squad in the midst of the biggest manhunt the city has ever seen. A serial killer is slaughtering women on S-Bahn trains and leaving their battered bodies by the tracks. Heuser must confront evil eye-to-eye as he helps track down the murderer. Soon after, Heuser is promoted by the SS and sent off to oversee the systematic murder of thousands of Jews in the new empire the Nazis call Ostland. Years after the end of the war Heuser thinks his diabolical past has been forgotten. Yet, an enterprising young lawyer, Paula Siebert, searching through Soviet archives, discovers Heuser and his fellow officers’ crimes.
Siebert is haunted by one question: how could a once decent man have become a sadistic monster? Desparate to cover his tracks, Heuser uses his training as a lawyer and years as a police detective to distance himself from his co-conspirators and escape justice. Ostland is a gripping detective thriller, a harrowing account of the Holocaust and a thought-provoking examination of the human capacity for evil. -- Quercus
After reading the description of OSTLAND by David Thomas along with Booking Pap Pap's review of the novel, I'm regretting my decision to share this book with my dad! It sure sounds intriguing! Here are his thoughts:
OSTLAND by David Thomas is a thought-provoking crime-fiction novel based on the true story of Georg Heuser, a young, upstanding Berlin detective who helped solve one of the most infamous serial-killer cases in Berlin and who, as a Nazi SS officer in WWII, was responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent victims.
Thanks to Booking Pap Pap for his great review and to the publisher for providing a review copy of this novel.