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The Silent Death

Volker Kutscher

The Silent Death by Volker Kutscher

March 1930: Silent movie actress Betty Winter is killed on set after a lighting system falls on her. Talkies are destroying the careers of producers, cinema owners and stars in a world that is already bubbling with studio wars and sexual politics. Inspector Gereon Rath suspects sabotage, possibly worse. Meanwhile, the murder of a Nazi named Horst Wessel leads to street riots and Rath’s relationship with Charlotte Ritter is on the rocks.

Then another actress is found dead, this time with her vocal cords removed.

RRP: £8.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781910985649
Publication Date: 18/05/2017
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Volker Kutscher
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...


‘Set in atmospheric 1930s Berlin where a maverick detective is hunting a serial killer The Silent Death, like its predecessor, Babylon Berlin, owes much to its author’s commitment to historical accuracy and the cynical feel of the times.’

Peter James

‘Wonderfully atmospheric... a novel that offers vivid insights into the cultural upheavals of the late Weimar republic.’

The Sunday Times

‘A particularly atmospheric and immersive thriller.’

The Herald

‘Accessible, exciting, and bloody hard to put down.’

The AU Review

‘A tale from the origins of the European darkness.’

Kati Hiekkapelto

‘This second outing for Inspector Gereon Rath of the Berlin police is an even faster paced and gripping story... Well paced and superbly written. ’

Journal of the Law Society of Scotland

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