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Der Trümmermörder

(Inspector Frank Stave #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  780 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Hamburg, Nachkriegszeit: Ein Serienmörder hält die Stadt in Atem. Es ist einer der kältesten Winter des Jahrhunderts, und Hamburg liegt 1947 in Trümmern. Da wird die Leiche einer jungen Frau entdeckt: nackt, kein Hinweis auf ihren Mörder. Die Ermittler um Oberinspektor Stave haben kaum Hoffnung, den Fall zu lösen. Schon bald werden weitere Tote aufgefunden, und den Polizis ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published October 2011 by DuMont Buchverlag
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Germany, January 1947 - an exceptionally cold winter (-36°C)...
Over a relatively short period four bodies are discovered in the ruins of the devastated city Hamburg. All four had been murdered in a similar manner. What other links are there? Could they have been related? Chief Inspector Frank Stave is determined to find out who they were and who "dunnit".

Like almost everyone in Hamburg in the aftermath of WWII, Stave has his own personal tragedies to deal with. In addition he has to solve the R
A fairly solid murder/mystery set in Hamburg after the war. This is primarily a police procedural. The main character Frank Stave struggles with the loss of his immediate family and the need to survive each day in a city that is without the basic necessities and where the Black Market flourishes.

The mystery component of the story was well presented but it was the descriptions of life in Hamburg, with the Occupying Forces that was fascinating. A very bleak existence for those who survived the war
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An interesting story and perfectly described life in post-war Hamburg.
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Comment vous parler de ce roman tellement bouleversant ? Une époque bien trouble, une série de meurtres avec des victimes qu'on n'arrive pas à identifier mais surtout un roman basé sur une histoire vraie.

Un roman policier certes mais surtout une petite fenêtre sur cette période très difficile de l'après guerre à Hambourg. Entre un hiver des plus coriaces, une population à la dérive après la fin de la 2ème guerre mondiale et un tueur en série introuvable, l'inspecteur Frank Stave se retrouve deva
Kris McCracken
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An evocative police procedural set in the bleak post-war years of Hamburg. Although the translation is a little uneven at times (it's a little heavy on the Americanisms, despite the central characters all being German or British), it does a fantastic job in creating a vivid sense of place and time.

Margarita Gautier
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy buena novela que mezcla los dos géneros que más me gustan: negro e histórico
Jackie Law
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Murderer In Ruins, by Cay Rademacher (translated by Peter Millar), is a fictionalised account of a series of murders that were perpetrated in Hamburg during the freezing winter of 1946/47.

Following the devastation wreaked by the Second World War large swathes of the city were reduced to rubble. Utilities and infrastructure were on the brink of collapse and the cold, hungry residents struggled to survive on subsistence rations. Within this bleak landscape a murderer is at large who strangles
Maine Colonial
During World War II, the northern port city of Hamburg was nearly destroyed by bombing and the horrific bombing-induced firestorm of 1943 that killed tens of thousands. After the war ended, it was tremendously difficult to rebuild and supply the city. That process had barely begun in the winter of 1946/47, which was brutally cold.

That winter, there was an infamous serial murderer at work in Hamburg, and his identity has never been found. Those murders were called the rubble murders, because the
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bon, sans plus. Faut dire que je ne suis pas en partant une fanatique des polars... et je ne suis pas certaine que la traduction était à la hauteur. Mais le setting - l'Allemagne ravagée d'après-guère - était intéressant. Je lirai peut-être le prochain livre de la série.
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Im Winter 1946/47 wird Oberinspektor Frank Stabe von der Hamburger Polizei beauftragt, einen Mord aufzuklären. Es wurde eine Leiche in einem Trümmerfeld der ausgebombten Stadt entdeckt. Im Laufe der Ermittlungen, an denen sich ein Kollege von der Sittenpolizei und ein Angehöriger der britischen Besatzungsarmee beteiligen, stößt Stabe immer wieder an Grenzen, die den Fall unlösbar erscheinen lassen. Viele Möglichkeiten und Verdächtigungen, nichts konkretes.

Genauso sollten meine Meinung nach Krimi
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well researched serial murder mystery, set in Hamburg, Germany in 1947. The story is based on real events - The Rubble Murders - which happened during the freezing winter of 1946/47 and the author effortlessly portrays the hardships undergone by the majority of Germans during that time. The main character, Frank Stave, is a senior Hamburg detective assigned to investigate the murders, aided by Maschke from the city's vice squad, who volunteered to join the team; and MacDonald, a British army l ...more
Oumaïma  (readwithmima)
This is the first book in the “Inspector Franck Stave” trilogy, a historical fiction/mystery set in Germany, 2 years after the end of the Second World War.

At the time, refugees are flooding the britsh-occupied city of Hamburg, already full with a starving crowd, in the coldest winter in living memory, and on top of all that, there is a murderer on the loose who enjoys leaving cadavers in the ruins.

The book is told from the perspective of Franck Stave, an inspector who tries to catch the killer
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were lots I liked about this book. I found the place, Hamburg and the time, 1947 in history very interesting. I’d never really thought about what happened in Germany immediately following the Second WW. I just loved it when a book takes me to places I’d never thought of going and I love what I learn. I did think the story was a bit slow, four murders and not a clue in sight made impatient, I don’t expect to have that many corpses and absolutely no clues. Overall it was a good read and I en ...more
Suzanne Gélinas
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: policier
Roman policier qui se déroule dans le Hambourg de l’après guerre en hiver 1947. Ambiance sordide, sombre et froide. On frissonne presque en le lisant. J’y ai découvert une autre facette de la guerre et de ses dommages collatéraux. La vie y était tellement dure, les gens crevaient de faim et de froid.
Le roman est basé sur une histoire vraie, plusieurs crimes commis à Hambourg, mais dont le coupable n’a jamais été attrapé, alors que dans le livre, le policier en trouve l’auteur.
Patricia Gulley
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good read as the author did a lot of research about the conditions of Hamburg after the war ended. Based on a real, unsolved mystery, this fictional story does a good job with a reasonable conclusion. I did find that sometimes the translations might have been too literal, and I lost the meaning. Still looking forward to the next book.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars for this detective novel, set in post-WWII Hamburg. Great, gritty description of living in a bombed-out city with harsh conditions and shortages of everything imaginable--and during the coldest winter in decades. The "mystery" was pretty good as were the characters.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story set in post WWII Hamburg, I look froward to reading more in the series.
Wenn die neue Zeit auf den Trümmern der Vergangenheit entstehen soll

Hamburg nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg, es ist der Hungerwinter 1946/4. Eine tote Frau wird in den Trümmern gefunden, nackt, mit Strangulationsspuren. Polizei-Oberinspektor Frank Stave, er wird während der Ermittlungen 43 Jahre alt werden, wird mit der Aufklärung betraut. „Die Briten haben nach dem Einmarsch im Mai 1945 Hunderte Polizisten entlassen – jeden, der bei der Gestapo war, der hohe Funktionen hatte, der irgendwie politisch
Kay Sachse
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wie sieht eine Stadt nach Zusammenbruch und Kriegsende aus? Fürchterlich! Hoffnungslos! Und auch noch kalt, weil der Winter die Hansestadt Hamburg in ihrem eisernen Griff hält. Vor dieser Kulisse sieht sich Kommissar Stave mit mehreren nackten Leichen in Trümmergrundstücken konfrontiert, während er außerdem noch von seinen eigenen Dämonen verfolgt wird. Wir folgen seiner Spurensuche von Hamburg und lernen immer neue und andere Menschen kennen, die jedoch alle irgendwie nicht zur Lösung des Falle ...more
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Started this on January 24th, 2013, just after the last book I read.
This was a free giveaway from Amazon at Kindle 12 days of XMas in Germany. Being German and born and living in Hamburg, I thought I would read this for a change, but of course it also has Nazis, though so far only on the sideline. Interesting to see my hometown described in rubbles after the war. The time is 1947, streets are often destroyed, a cold winter, people starving. And a killer, probable serial, leaves is victims naked
Matthias Noch
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Als Hamburger, der sich auch sehr intensiv mit der Hamburger Geschichte beschäftigt hat, sind die historischen Krimis von Cay Rademacher - ähnlich wie einige von Boris Meyns historischen Krimis - einfach eine Freude. Der Krimi an und für sich tritt - zumindest für mich - in den Hintergrund, im Vordergrund steht die Szenerie von Hamburg in den unmittelbaren Nachkriegsjahren, den Problemen und Machenschaften, auch der Besatzungsmacht. Der Trümmermörder ist bis auf den etwas zu glatten Schluss ein ...more
Hans-Peter Merz
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rademachers Kriminalroman überzeugt von der ersten bis zur letzten Zeile. Er beschreibt die extrem schwierigen Verhältnisse, in denen die Menschen in Hamburg im besonders harten Winter 1946 auf 1947 leben mussten. Vor der Kulisse zerbombter und ausgebrannter Häuser sucht Oberinspektor Stave nach dem Mörder von vier nichtidentifizierten Toten, die in den Trümmern gefunden wurden. Nebenhandlungen, falsche Fährten und private Dramen werden gekonnt in einen immer spannenden Handlungsbogen eingefloch ...more
Sep 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slightly reminiscent of Philip Kerr's Bernard Gunther series, but with more humanism and less black wit. A good mystery which, set in post-war Hamburg, will keep you in pursuit of the identities of the victims, as well as the murderer, along with Stave.
Dan Rose
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Murderer in Ruins" is a novel set in an almost destroyed, post war
Hamburg. Frank Stave is a detective who is asked to investigate the
discovery of a naked women hidden in the ruin strewn city. She is the
first but she won't be the last. Stave, working with his colleague, a
British army officer and a seconded detective from the Vice Squad work to
find out who she was and what may have lead to her death. During the
investigation a further two bodies are discovered, that of an elderly man
and a c
Satinder Hawkins
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with Rademacher’s descriptions of postwar Germany. The book is set in Hamburg, right after the war, during the time of the British occupation, and in the winter. The aftermatch of the war and the lengths people must go to survive were fascinating. Like most, I’m not inclined to feel a shred of sympathy for a people who let the Holocaust happen under their noses, but Rademacher’s main character understands this and seems to suggest the deprivations faced were the consequences of th ...more
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent debut.

The story is a slow starter, but stuck with it and you will be rewarded with a highly competent crime novel set in the unusual setting of post war Hamburg.
Hamburg in the immediate aftermath of the war is a grim struggle of survival in a bitterly cold winter, when the difference between life and death can be a successful forage for a lump of two of coal. With daily life at a unimaginable level of desperation, it is suddenly made even more bullish by a serial killer who appears to
Hamburg 1947; a humiliated city not yet recovered from British carpet bombing, now under British occupation, during a brutally cold winter. There is not enough food, not enough fuel; rationing is severe; many districts are simply rubble.The evocation of life in northern Germany at the time is superb - but I found the murder story rather laboriously developed. It would have been better as a non-mystery novel. I'd still be interested in reading the next volume, as this is the first of a trilogy.
Iain Girling
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read the first few pages, was not sure if I would complete the book. Post war and very cold Hamburg. Liked the description of a very dogged inspector who gradually sorted out what was happening. The twists and turns at the end turned it into a very enjoyable read. If you enjoy crime fiction, I recommend this book.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chilling histoical crime fiction.

If you are interested in getting a sense of what Hamburg was like after WW2, this book does it well. The story was intriguing with quite a few post-WW2 issues raised. Well crafted historical crime. Travelling through Hamburg with thed protagonist, one felt the cold
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good detective story.

I must admit to been a bit cautious getting this book, however I am so glad I did get it. What a cracking read it has been, lovers of good old fashioned detective stories will love it as much as those who are in to historical fiction. Overall a great read and now looking forward to the next in this series.
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