Book Review: Inspector Gereon Rath returns in Volker Kutscher’s The Silent Death

The year is 1930. With talkies on the rise, the age of silent cinema is coming to a close, and it seems there’s someone on the Berlin streets who’s not quite ready to let it go. Cinema starlets are showing up dead at an alarming rate and, as if Inspector Gereon Rath doesn’t already have enough to contend with, his father calls in a favour for his old friend, the Mayor of Cologne. Can Rath keep the politics of policing at bay long enough to solve the mystery of the murdered actresses? Or are his ties to the criminal underworld about to rear their ugly heads once more?

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Book Review: Go beyond the Netflix series with Volker Kutscher’s Babylon Berlin

Berlin, 1929. A car is pulled from the Landwehr Canal with a mutilated corpse at the wheel. Detective Inspector Gereon Rath, newly arrived from Cologne, is on the case, stepping outside his jurisdiction and onto a few toes in the process. His search sends him deep into the seedy underworld of Weimar Berlin, where drug dealers, criminal kingpins, and dirty cops watch his every move. But as a man hiding secrets of his own, how far is Rath willing to go for answers?

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