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A Darker State

(Karin Müller #3)

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For the Stasi, it's not just the truth that gets buried . . .

The body of a teenage boy is found weighted down in a lake. Karin Müller, newly appointed Major of the People's Police, is called to investigate. But her power will only stretch so far, when every move she makes is under the watchful eye of the Stasi.

Then, when the son of Müller's team member goes mi
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 18th 2018 by Bonnier Zaffre
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Excellent and compelling crime novel with the added bonus of being set in the former East Germany.

This is episode 3 of this fascinating police procedural, however each book works as a standalone.

What sets it apart from others is the unusual location, combined with the ideology, bureaucracy and secrecy that Oberleutnant Karin Müller and her team have to deal with

In this story Müller has been promoted to run a serious crimes unit and quickly has a difficult case on the border with Po
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
David Young’s award winning Eastern German historical series returns with a very welcome, brand new instalment. For anyone who does not remember the cold war years, this is your chance to get behind the iron curtain and to discover a different era. 1976 communist Eastern Germany. This was when Germany was divided and half of it was enclosed behind a wall. Young has made this era his own.

Karin Muller returns in A Darker State (which follows on beautifully from Stasi Child and Stasi Wo
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
T/W- Mentions of Suicide, Suicide attempt, minor violence

I won a copy of the book through a giveaway on Readers First so thank you to them for picking me as one of the winners!

I hadn't read the first two books of this series however from my star rating above, I've decided that I am not interested to carry on reading them. Set in Berlin during the Cold War, a body of a teen boy is pulled from a lake, he has been brutally murdered. Karin Muller who has just returned after h
Liz Barnsley
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another really excellent addition to this series. Review to follow on blog tour.
A clever and original novel. Through the historical fiction set against the more sinister aspects of the former Communist state of East Germany the author can raise contemporary issues in a unique way.
David Young writes with insight and fictional liberty to combine fact with what ifs and challenge political assumptions and reveal policing in a conflicted state.
Young’s brilliant detective is female, not so unusual in this socialist regime but deemed too young and inexperienced, place
Abby Slater- Fairbrother
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For the Stasi. It’s not just the truth that gets buried . . .

Under the secrecy and fear of a communist state, a murderer lurks. The prologue opens with one armed Polish dog walker Kazimierz Wojcik; stumbling across, the rat covered dead body of a young male, in a dark lake. It is within this terrifying political climate, that the man, even fears calling in the dead body to the police….

‘Keep you head down; keep out of trouble. That’s how Kazimierz had survived all these ye
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: y, 2018

For the Stasi, it's not just the truth that gets buried . . .

The body of a teenage boy is found weighted down in a lake. Karin Müller, newly appointed Major of the People's Police, is called to investigate. But her power will only stretch so far, when every move she makes is under the watchful eye of the Stasi.

Then, when the son of Müller's team member goes missing, it quickly becomes clear that there is a terrifying conspiracy at the heart of this case
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent series,but it doesn't get the readership or the praise it deserves.
Unfair,considering so much trash gets rave reviews.
4.5 stars rounded to 5

Book #3 in the Karin Muller series. I call it the Stasi series since it takes place in the 1970's in East Berlin. The Stasi is the secret police who watches everyone and everything. Comrade Major Karin Muller has just been promoted to Major in the People's Police. Her new unit, Serious Crimes, is to work in collaboration with the Stasi. But no one works with the Stasi, everyone obeys the Stasi whether consciously or not. Karin is trying to solve a murder case wh
I love this series and A Darker State is every bit as good as the others. Karin Müller is such a fantastic character. Her life and career have moved on but the challenges are as great as ever. The mystery is such a good one but the real strength of this book and the others is the author's vivid and absolutely fascinating portrayal of East Germany during the 1970s, which is clearly based on a huge amount of research and insight. It is also a pageturner.
Zoe Hall
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars
This isn’t my favourite of the 3 books in this series, but it’s still a gripping and interesting addition. I really enjoy David Young’s writing and characterisation. Well worth a read!
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, crime
I read a lot of romance novels, but another genre I love is crime novels. So when I received an email with the question if I wanted to read ‘A Darker State’, I couldn’t say no. ‘A Darker State’ is the third book in the Karen Müller series, and the first book in the series I read.

In ‘A Darker State’ main character Karin Müller is still on her maternity leave when a young boy is found in a lake. After Karin is appointed Major of the People's Police she starts working on this case. But soon she fi
David Lowther
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the third Karin Müller story set in the German Democratic Republic in the 1970s.

Drawing on his extensive research, David Young has painted, in many ways, the most chilling fictional portrait of a surveillance state ever written. This is, essentially, the core of the book embracing trust, or the lack of it, and betrayal. In a sense, the plot hardly matters. The author uses it as a device to remind readers of what it must have been like living in a country where neighbour frequently spied
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Set in the Cold War era, around 1976, in the Communist part of Eastern Europe featuring, once again, Young’s detective Karin Muller (her third outing), this book does not disappoint.

The distant Communist regime with the Ministry of State Security (Stasi) as the all-powerful overseeing eye is wonderfully portrayed. The story is not subservient to its location and rattles along symbiotically at a pleasant pace without being completely anchored in East Germany.

There is a mur
Jack Adams
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book.
The story was good and I have grown to like the characters. It’s obviously setting up for another in the series too. Which is good.
Elaine Tomasso
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
February 8/2/18 A Darker State


I would like to thank Netgalley and Bonnier Zaffre for an advance copy of A Darker State, the third police procedural to feature newly promoted Major Karin Müller of the East German police, set in 1976.

Karin is on maternity leave when she is asked to head up the Serious Crime Department, the police's answer to losing too many cases to the Stasi, in return for a promotion and a bigger flat. Her new job starts immediately when s
Linda Hepworth
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Stasi controlled East Germany in the 1970s this is the third book in a series which features Karin Müller, a murder squad detective based in East Berlin. When the story starts she is still on maternity leave following the birth of twins but, when asked to head up a new team which will have state-wide responsibility for complex murder investigations, and with the irresistible offer of a much larger apartment and a promotion to Major, two grades higher than her current grade, she is persuad ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again I have returned to an author whose book I have enjoyed greatly in the past. Stasi Child and Stasi Wolf were books that I found to be fascinating reads, this is in large part to the choice of setting by the author. This series of books is one of the only ones I have come across in the crime genre to be set in the D.D.R. And throughout the previous book's the author took great care to bring this world back to life. All these touches help to bring the words off the page and into the rea ...more
Gordon Mcghie
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A new Karin Müller novel is met with great excitement here at Grab This Book. The series which started with Stasi Child (and continued into Stasi Wolf and now A Darker State) are quite unlike anything else I read and each new book is a very welcome addition to my library!

David Young sets his fabulous police thrillers in 1970’s East Berlin. His lead character Karin Müller works for the police and in A Darker State is newly promoted to the position of Major. Müller faces challenges at
Dane Cobain
Disclaimer: While I am to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

This book is the third book in Young’s Karen Muller series and as with the others, it takes place in East Germany during the Cold War and follows the young detective through another adventure. I really loved Stasi Child (the first book) and quite liked Stasi Wolf (the second), and I guess that trend has continued into this one, the third.

I mean, don’t get me wrong. The story was fine, but
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy from Readers First in exchange for an honest review.

I am always a bit wary going into a book when i know it is part of a series and i haven't read any of the previous ones, but for Readers First i plowed ahead anyway, and it was worth doing so as i thoroughly enjoyed this story.

We meet Karin Muller, an East German police officer in the 1970s, as she is being shown around a fancy apartment, wondering why she is there. Her boss has ulterior motives, h
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this ARC in return for an honest review.
This third book in David Young's Karin Mueller series sees Karin moving into a larger and more luxurious apartment with her twin babies, her grandmother and her partner, Emil. She is promptly immersed in the investigation of a young man's murder with her colleague, Werner Tilsner and rapidly realises that they are being closely monitored by the East German Stasi. Completely compelling and
Michael Cutts
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this series of books by accident. Having enjoyed the first two I was looking forward to the third and I wasn't disappointed. A gripping storyline kept me turning the pages. This series is simply amazing, a great crime novel that at the same time provides a great insight into life in the DDR.
Melba Hard
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Griping story.

I have read all the boos in this series and although crime and triers are definitely not my usual reading choice I ave found this series gripping.
I found the first fe chapter distracting as it skipped backwards and forwards but soon got used to it, and found it hard to put down.
Kerry Henderson
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Karin is about to return to work after having her babies, Investigating the death of a young man. She's under the watchful eye of the Stasi and then a colleague's son goes missing. Can they find him and keep the peace?

This was a really good read. It's book 3 in the series but there is enough information to know what is going on. The story was quite heavy on the details and dark at times but I enjoyed it. The plot was fast paced but also allowed a chance to get to know a bit more about Karin. Th
Much, much better than the previous volume in the series, this Volume 3 rates about 3.5 stars. The good: a clever, conventional mystery. The bad: not as much of the Cold War/DDR element that made the first volume so electrifying—and what was retained bordered on the preposterous. The Stasi would have buried the lead character in a shallow grave.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I discovered the first in this series last year and have now read all three. They are excellent and have me hooked on this fascinating time in recent history. I remember the joy when Germany was reunified and these books show what life was like in the firmer east Germany. Really good., highly recommend
Graham Laverick
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Darker State is a fantastic edition to an excellent series following on from “Stasi Child” and “Stasi Wolf”

Here we rejoin Karin Müller and her team of investigators in 1970’s East Germany. The body of a young man is found weighted down in a lake and it’s up to Karin and her newly formed Serious Crimes Unit to investigate. It quickly becomes apparent that other factors are in play and perhaps a bigger,more terrifying conspiracy is waiting to be discovered. With the ever watchful,almost omnipre
Holly ✨
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is hard to sum this novel up into a sentence when so much is packed in, but I'll give it a try. Young's crime thriller follows Karin Muller, a detective, solving a murder case where a boy was drowned, then following this one of her colleagues' son goes missing under similar circumstances. There is an inextricable web of components to this story that kept me turning the pages desperate to reach the end.

The novel is based in East Berlin during the 1970's, meaning the reader is gran
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Set in Easy Berlin in 1970’s set at a time where the wall remained and politics & police had so much control and conflict. Scary to think that people lived in fear on a daily basis and in hiding.
Writing in 1st person on one chapter and 3rd on another isn’t confusing but provides helpful insight and perspective on different characters, cleverly written. A few surprises during the book, although 3rd in series you don’t need to have read the first 2 BUT would also recommend those Stasi Child a
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David Young was born near Hull and – after dropping out of a Bristol University science degree - studied Humanities at Bristol Polytechnic specialising in Modern History. Temporary jobs cleaning ferry toilets and driving a butcher's van were followed by a career in journalism with provincial newspapers, a London news agency, and the BBC’s international newsrooms where he led news teams for the Wor ...more

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