Children of Wrath

Children of Wrath

Book - 2012
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Willi Kraus, the celebrated WWI and detective, returns in this prequel story about how he became the most famous Jewish Detective in Germany in the days of the Weimar Republic

In Paul Grossman's Children of Wrath Willi Kraus tackles the case of the Kinderfresser , the vicious Child-Eater of Berlin. Turning the clock back two years from The Sleepwalkers , the story starts out in the fall of 1929, the last days of prosperity. Berlin is deep in the throes of a giddy rush to forget its troubled past. But the same day the stock market crashes in New York, the dark underside of the German capital flushes to the surface in the form of a burlap sack spewed by floodwaters from the city sewer system. When Willi is called to investigate and discovers the sack is full of children's bones with teeth marks on them--and a bible with a single phrase circled in red: children of wrath --he fears he's run into "something darker than he's ever known."

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312601911
Branch Call Number: MYS Gros
Characteristics: 324 p

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stormy1960
Oct 24, 2012

Like his other books in this series, this one seems to be a bit forced. Reads like it was translated from German by Google. Horrific in one sense, but trying too hard to foreshadow what was to come - Nazis, concentration camps, etc. Almost feels like setting this story in 1930's Berlin provides an excuse to be as "Saw" or "Hostel" graphic as possible.

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libbyez
Aug 14, 2012

I enjoy books set in this period, but this particular detective novel was very dark - I had to take a break during reading it.

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booksbooks1
Apr 20, 2012

disgusting subject, not a mystery.

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