“Author Tom Joyce knows his police procedure. And he knows Vienna. Daily life just after the Anschluss, if not vividly described, is realistically represented; the author has obviously done his research. The story itself, a dark tale of ‘a good person becoming a howling dog,’ has much appeal.”
“Murder, interrogation, and blackmail—these are a few of my favorite things, and this book has it all! It’s good to know that there are sequels to this book.”
“Subtle yet intense. I love how the plot transitions and the downplayed reveal of secrets. The protagonist is lovable with his sense of justice—strong and unvarying.”
Vienna police inspector Karl Marbach has a strong sense of honor and reason as a man of the House of Habsburgs. With a reluctant heart, he becomes part of the SS in the Nazi annexation of Austria. However, when a Nazi army officer kills his close friend, Karl decides to become a vigilante to fight Nazism.
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