One murdered, one missing. Both are almost identical.
Detective Nik Pohl has seen every shade of darkness in his career. Not used to playing by the rules, he finds himself frozen out by his superiors. What’s worse, now he’s being blackmailed by a shadowy businessman into investigating a seemingly crimeless disappearance.
A young woman, Viola, left her home months ago, leaving a letter to her parendisappearance.A ...more
Detective Nik Pohl does his own thing which doesn't always go over well with his colleagues and bosses on the police force. And of course he has done some not so good things which make him a ...more
Story with plots, subplots, and perhaps mini plots too! Some sections were total distractions, while others were interesting and engaging. Nik Pohl is a renegade CID inspector I wanted to like but found too unbelievable in a story where he should have died multiple times amid a growing body count and violent sections that never ended. Then the quiet slow progress of the storyline, filled with too many details would plod along until the next unrealis ...more
Over the last several years I’ve noticed how more and more detective stories involve protagonists that have a dark side they are fighting against. They are jaded, wounded, and restless. Perhaps it is from a childhood trauma or incident or perhaps it is from too many years on the job that have made them a bit we/>
To a visitor, Munich is an enchanting Olde World city of gorgeous buildings, pristine parks, and friendly locals. But every large city has its seedy parts and Nik Pohl finds them all, deliberately or by accident. And he discovers that sometimes the most horrible crimes are committed in the most unlikely places.
Nik is the classic, on-the-skids cop of modern detective novels, with one exception. We ne ...more
I have to say this book was one I could put down. At points, I went a couple of days between picking it up to read. That's pretty telling.
The author does a good job of recapping the story periodically, so the reader doesn't lose the thread. (This relates especially to the paragraph above.) As far as plot goes, it's meh. T ...more
The conundrum raised by this book perplexes me. On the one hand, it’s got essential – if incredibly well trod – elements of crime drama: a disheveled hot mess of a detective, coerced into an off-the-books investigation who quickly becomes entangled in a much more enignmatic embroglio. Conspiracy is afoot! Yes, you’ve read variations of this tale many times before, and you’ve seen dozens of Hollywood and television leading actors attempt to hide their handsome mugs by playing an un ...more
I’ve read a few thrillers by this author and had high hopes for Broken Glass. I was not disappointed. I really like Nik as a character; he’s sort of an anti-hero and not what you expect from a detective. He reminds me a lot of Rebus. Nik is flawed which makes him real. I was on his side from the first chapter and felt for him as he sinks deeper and deeper into darkness and discovers the missing person cold case he’s investigating is much more than it seems. I read a lot of crime fiction ...more
The plot is just short of preposterous--and the writing is awkward at best. (In fairness, that may be because of the translation from the original German.) See below for a sample. I stopped just short of halfway through the book.
"He'd been w ...more
Overall, the story was good and there were surprises down the road for lot of characters. The conclusions were really surprising for me. One downside? I ...more
The only negative is that it's totally predictable that the hero gets to take advantage of deep pockets, something most of us can only dream about. But don't let that take away from the storyline or the characters in the book.
I recommend this one i ...more
Just finished "Broken Glass" by Alexander Hartung, a new author for me as a Kindle First selection.
A crime fiction drama set in Munich Germany features a hard, CID inspector protagonist who gets in over his head working on three disappearance closed cases. The action occurs rapidly, but the narrow, unbelievable escapes and lack of clues to the crimes left me a little ambivalent and not as engaged as in most suspense reads.
I'd give it about 2 ...more
I have only recently got into this genre. I’ve read some excellent thrillers but this is one of the best.
It kept me guessing all along and had some great twists and turns. It was also humorous in places.
It is well translated - I think as I don’t speak German.
This story would make a great film.
I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series.
I think the character has possibilities and I commend the author for effort. The translation was fine. also the plot framework was good. Just the repeated hence predictable meth ...more
A fairly unlikeable protagonist plus a slow start did not bode well, but after a bit the pace picked up and I read it straight through to the end. The story was interesting, with enough twists and turns, but as another reviewer noted, the pace was at times too fast and at others too slow. Some of the writing wasn’t great, but for a rainy Saturday afternoon it was decent entertainment.
At first I didn't even realise it was translated and then I read about it being set in Germany. Its.written as I imagine the original author to have written it had it been written in English. It just flows so well.
The characters are plausible and the plotline quick paced. All in all a great read.and finished in only a handful of nights.
Main character is so filled with anger and hate that it makes it difficult to like him. Just another rogue cop who flaunts the rules. He really seems to enjoy inflicting pain on himself as well as others. Had to put it down about 1/3 of the way thru. Kept looking for some redeeming qualities in Nik Pohl but found none.
Interesting enough to keep me reading in order to find out what happened, but I think this end of the detective genre spectrum isn't for me. It was more old school tough guy, less modern psychological criminalist. I was more intrigued by the secondary character Jon, than the protagonist Nik.
Not an on the edge of the seat, can't out down type of story. However, the story stuck with you and it was nice to read it over several nights. Lots of unexpected twists and not who I expected to be friend and villain. Even the last few sentences were a !what?!!!! Definitely recommend.