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Blackout: A Gripping WW2 Thriller (Hardcover)
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During Berlin’s brutally cold winter of 1939, a serial killer stalks the city throughout the Third Reich’s forced nightly blackouts in this chilling WWII crime novel from #1 Sunday Times bestselling author Simon Scarrow – perfect for fans of Babylon Berlin, Philip Kerr’s Berlin Trilogy, Robert Ludlum, Andrew Gross, and William Christie…
Berlin 1939. The city is blanketed by snow and ice. In the distance, the rumble of war grows louder. In the shadows, a serial killer rises…
As the Nazis tighten their chokehold on the capital, panic and paranoia fester as blackout is rigidly enforced. Every night the city is plunged into an oppressive, suffocating darkness—pitch perfect conditions for unspeakable acts.
When a young woman is found brutally murdered, it’s up to Criminal Inspector Horst Schenke to solve the case quickly. His reputation is already on the line for his failure to join the Nazi Party. If he doesn’t solve the case, the consequences could be fatal.
Schenke's worst fears are confirmed when a second victim is found. As the investigation takes him deeper into the regime’s darkest corridors, Schenke realizes danger lurks behind every corner— and that the warring factions of the Reich can be as deadly as a killer stalking the streets…
About the Author
Simon Scarrow is a #1 Sunday Times bestselling author whose historical fiction and thrillers have been translated into more than twenty languages with millions of copies sold. A former history teacher and lecturer, he is the author of the long-running Eagles of the Empire military fiction series set in Ancient Rome as well as a quartet of novels about the lives of the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon Bonaparte, among other novels. For more, please visit simonscarrow.co.uk, and follow him on Twitter @SimonScarrow or like his author page on Facebook/OfficialSimonScarrow.
Praise for Blackout
"(An) exceptional mystery.... Scarrow plausibly conveys the complexities of his hero's efforts to do an honest job of seeking justice while serving under a corrupt and criminal regime. Fans of Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther will hope for a sequel."
—Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“Superb…. Blackout is a historical thriller extraordinaire penned by an author in complete command of history and subject matter. Not since David Morrell’s incredible trilogy featuring Thomas de Quincey has a book like this featured such a mastery of time and place with deep-seated echoes of America’s own divisions today.”
“There have been several fine thrillers about serial killers stalking London's darkened streets during the Blitz, but fewer about the parallel phenomenon in Berlin. Scarrow changes that with this crisp thriller set in 1939 at the beginning of the war. Scarrow builds tension both from the crimes at hand and from his hero's internal struggle, knowing that eventually his determination to keep policing separate from politics is doomed to failure. … Scarrow makes the most of the blackout as a breeding ground for mayhem.”
“That line between right and wrong gets pretty smudged in this gem of a story. Atmosphere, sharp intrigue, and a host of fascinating characters all combine to make this one the next addition to your keeper shelf."
—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
“Taut and chilling—I was completely gripped!”
—Anthony Horowitz, bestselling author of Magpie Murders
“A gripping thriller.”
—The Sunday Times
“Blackout crackles with tension from the first page as the inspector digs through layers of intrigue not knowing whether he’s nearing the truth or digging his own grave. Simon Scarrow launches us on a breakneck ride through a wicked city in a desperate time. What a pleasure.”
—James Thayer, author of House of Eight Orchids
“Mesmerising. Nail-biting. Unputdownable. Utterly authentic and beautifully written…The perfect way to bring the past alive.”
—Julia Boyd, author of Travellers in the Third Reich
“Simon Scarrow is a master storyteller. Blackout twists and weaves through wartime Berlin in a riveting take on history. A must read!”
—James D. Shipman, author of Task Force Baum and Irena’s War
“A master of historical fiction at his finest, Simon Scarrow turns his expert eye on the Third Reich. Blackout is an authentic and compelling story and Horst Schenke the natural heir to Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther.”
—Howard Linskey, author of Ungentlemanly Warfare and Hunting the Hangman
“The evocation of pre-war Berlin and the atmosphere is so tangible. The finely drawn characters, that mix of glamour and dread, the simmering undercurrent of fear, is finely drawn. Clever, intimate, and full of intrigue.”
“Scarrow is a genius and I love everything he writes, but Blackout takes things to a whole new level. It's by far the best book I've read this year.”
“A wonderfully compelling thriller, reeking of authenticity, and a terrific depiction of the human world within the chilling world of the Third Reich.”
“Superb…Blackout is a gripping, terrifying read, as well as being a thumping good page-turner. This is historical crime fiction at its finest from a much-loved writer at the very top of his game.”
“A perilous world where high society, low desire, and suspected espionage intersect with infighting among the Hitler regime's power-hungry elite… A genuine page-turner.”
“Hugely compelling and brimming with menace…The underlying atmosphere of a city held in the thrall of a killer and of a regime that thrives on fear and distrust is thoroughly authentic and gripping.”
“Loved Blackout. The Berlin of the very early days of the war is vividly drawn and already irredeemably corrupt, the rivalries between the Gestapo, the Kriminalpolizei, Goebbels in Propaganda and Canaris at Intelligence ring all too real, and I fear for Criminal Inspector Schenke's safety in future books given his refusal to join the Nazi Party, his insistence on following the evidence, and his reluctance to compromise the truth.”