Top positive review
A well-writen thriller that promises unexpected twists and turns
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2018
~ 4.5 stars ~
In the city of Dresden, Germany, as the winter of 44-45 set in, masses of desperate refugees from the east began overwhelming the local authorities, rations grew scarcer and the Soviet Red Army advanced ever closer. As 1945 began, many clung to the belief that the city would remain untouched, but that confidence was shattered in February, when British and American bombers dropped an unyielding assault that eradicated most of the city and killed up to twenty-five thousand people in just seventy-two hours. In the weeks leading up to this tragic event, as the multitudes of men, women and children huddled in the shelters during the air raids, someone could have walked those abandoned streets─someone malevolent, with the intent to harm others─someone like the one they called the “Fright Man”.
Detective Inspector Max Heller has already seen the ravages of war first hand, having been on the front lines of the first one. He doesn’t buy into Hitler’s vision of a new Germany, but like so many others, must remain quiet in his beliefs. In another life, the hard-working and morally flawless detective would have been a Chief Detective, but instead answers to a young fanatic many years his junior. When a young nurse is brutally murdered, Heller begins his investigation. Another victim shortly follows. Soon, the whole town is buzzing with rumors of the dreaded “Fright Man” whom hunts his victims in the dark of night. Committed to stopping a killer that is terrorizing the town of Dresden, Heller will stop at nothing until justice is served.
A vividly descriptive war-torn Germany is the back-drop of this unique historical thriller. The worst of times in Dresden, the author captures both the physical and emotional suffering of those who experienced it. Complete with a fully interesting and well-rounded cast, the lead protagonist is an easily relatable hero, while the antagonist is a very complicated character study. Despite a bit of emotional dryness at times─most likely due to cultural differences─THE AIR RAID KILLER maintains a constant pace, steady suspense, and an action-packed climax sure to surprise. A well-written thriller that promises unexpected twists and turns, amongst rich and heart-wrenching historical drama.
~ Kris Miller, TopShelf Reviews