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Waiting on Wednesday

Bonjour tout la monde: For today’s Waiting on Wednesday post, I want to talk about a new series I’ve just discovered written by British author, David Young. The first book in the series is STASI CHILD, featuring Lieutenant Karin Muller of the East German police. The premise alone was enough to get me hooked. I mean, after all, Lt. Muller is working with what we always think of as the bad guys, the Stasi; the State.

What’s more, this is set in an era—the mid 70s—in which I was actually living and working in Germany and had, on several occasions, visited East Berlin, as it was back then. So I instantly felt an affinity with the location and time period of this series.

Book Summary

1975: When Oberleutnant Karin Muller is called to investigate a teenage girl’s body at the foot of the Berlin Wall, she imagines she’s seen it all before. But she soon realizes that this is a death like no other before it—the girl was evidently trying to escape from West Berlin.

As a member of the People’s Police, Muller’s power in East Germany only stretches so far. The Ministry for State Security, the Stasi, assures her the case is closed, all they need to know is the girl’s name. Yet they strongly discourage her from asking questions. The evidence doesn’t add up, and it soon becomes clear the crime scene has been staged. But this regime does not tolerate curious minds, and it takes Müller too long to realize that the trail she’s been following may lead her dangerously close to home.

STASI CHILD
David Young
Minotaur Books
Hardback, 416 pages
Thriller

4 comments on “Waiting on Wednesday

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    I love thrillers which take place in the snow. I need to check out this series. And BTW, GREAT Blog name!

    • Alex

      I haven’t started it yet, so can’t say if it takes place in the snow, but definitely in Berlin before the fall of the wall.

      And thanks about the name. I thought to do a play on words for fun.

    • Alex

      It’s a series of thrillers set in Berlin during the 70s, Jo. And yes, it looks really interesting. Will be starting this one this weekend.

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