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Babylon Berlin by Volker Kutscher

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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781910124970
Publication Date: 19/05/2016
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Babylon Berlin

Volker Kutscher

Berlin, 1929. Detective Inspector Rath, was a successful career officer in the Cologne Homicide Division before a shooting incident in which he inadvertently killed a man. He has been transferred to the Vice Squad in Berlin, a job he detests, even though he finds a new friend in his boss, Chief Inspector Wolter. There is seething unrest in the city and the Commissioner of Police has ordered the Vice Squad to ruthlessly enforce the ban on May Day demonstrations. The result is catastrophic with many dead and injured, and a state of emergency is declared in the Communist strongholds of the city.


First published in German by Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne, as Der nasse Fisch. Translated by Niall Sellar

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Volker Kutscher

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Volker Kutscher was born in 1962. He studied German, Philosophy and History, and worked as a newspaper editor prior to writing his first detective novel. Babylon Berlin, the start of an...

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Reviews

‘Babylon Berlin is a stunning novel that superbly evokes Twenties Germany in its seedy splendor. An impressive new crime series.’
-Sarah Ward, author of ‘In Bitter Chill’

‘Gripping, skilfully plotted and rich in historical detail, Babylon Berlin introduces us to Detective Inspector Gereon Rath, who navigates the turbulent waters of Weimar Germany in a suspenseful and noirish tale. The novel is hopefully the first of many to be translated from this best-selling German crime series.’
-Mrs Peabody Investigates

‘Kutscher successfully conjures up the dangerous decadence of the Weimar years, with blood on the Berlin streets and the Nazis lurking menacingly in the wings.’
-Sunday Times

‘Gripping evocative thriller set in Berlin's seedy underworld during the roaring Twenties. A massive hit in its native Germany, Volker Kutscher's series, centered on Detective Inspector Gereon Rath, is currently being filmed for television.’
-Mail on Sunday

‘The best German crime novel of the year!’
-Bücher

‘Kutscher’s undertaking to portray the downfall of the Weimar Republic through the medium of detective fiction is both ambitious and utterly convincing. Let’s hope it receives the attention it deserves.’
-Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

‘With his detective novel Babylon Berlin, Volker Kutscher has succeeded in creating an opulent portrait of manners.’
-Der Spiegel

‘Has all the allure of an addictive drug: you won’t be able to put it down until you’ve read to the end.’
-Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

‘A highly readable piece of crime fiction set against a politico-historical background.’
-Österreichischer Rundfunk