A deserved reprint for a gutsy German detective thriller... This is an atmospheric, tautly plotted narrative with a satisfyingly complex protagonist, elevating an ostensibly pedestrian mystery.
with a cover that is finest film noir... Like all the best fictional detectives he has plenty of curious quirks... Meets the Sam Spade Grade 3/5
This compelling tale - the first of three , written with Walter Popp, a fellow lawyer - offers a sharp critique of German postwar society, and its refusal to confront its war time past. The seriousness of this underlying message does not detract from the novel's more entertaining qualities however.