fredag den 11. marts 2011
Rebecca Cantrell, A Trace of Smoke (2009)
This novel is the first Hannah Vogel story and the American writer´s debut.
The story begins in Berlin 1931 when the German crime reporter Hannah Vogel visits the police station to see if there is a good story for her. What she finds is a picture of her dead brother on the wall of recent unclaimed bodies. As Ernst has lent his identification papers to a Jew who is emigrating to the USA, she has to keep his identity secret though hear heart bleeds.
She promises herself she will find Ernst´s killer, but she seems to be a bit distracted by Boris, the very attractive single father she met during one of her court cases. She embarks on a search in Ernst´s environment, among the young Nazi soldiers and crossdressers of the nightclub El Dorado, however.
And then five-year-old Anton, the courageous little ´Indian´, is delivered on her doorstep like another parcel. He brings with him a birth certificate that says Ernst and Hannah Vogel are his parents, plus a very strong personality.
A beautifully written historical crime novel that engaged me from the very first page, not least because of the interesting and determined protagonist. Strongly recommended for lovers of historical crime fiction.
I won the book in a competition and read it for the Global Reading Challenge (the seventh continent; history).