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Berlin by Pierre Frei
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Jan 10, 2009

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bookshelves: crime, historical-novel

This one needs 3 1/2 stars. It is a mundane serial killer mystery about a killer who targets blonde, blue-eyed German girls. What makes it rather compelling is that it is set in Berlin in the immediate aftermath of WW II when the city is occupied. And it is made more compelling by the device of devoting a long chapter to the life story of each murder victim, so you get an idea of what the war years were like for Berliners. The writing style is stiff, but that may be because it is translated from German.
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