Summary

Hamburg, 1947. A ruined city occupied by the British who bombed it, experiencing the coldest winter in living memory. Food is scarce; refugees and the homeless crowd into shantytowns and sheds. There is a killer on the loose, and all attempts to find him or her have failed.
Plagued with worry about his missing son, Frank Stave is a career policeman with a tragedy in his past that is driving his determination to find the killer. With the help of his colleague Maschke from the vice squad and Lt MacDonald from the British military, Stave has to find out why - in the wake of a wave of atrocity, the grim Nazi past and the bleak attempts by his German countrymen to re-create a country from the apocalypse - someone is still dedicated to murder.
A spine-tingling portrayal of pure evil, with multiple twists, turns and subplots. What, or who, will rise from the ashes?
©2015 Cay Rademacher (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Dan Rose on 07-08-17

A Good Debut

Murderer in Ruins" is a novel set in an almost destroyed, post war Hamburg.  Frank Stave is a detective who is asked to investigate the discovery of a naked women hidden in the ruin strewn city.  She is the first but she won't be the last.  Stave, working with his colleague, a British army officer and a seconded detective from the Vice Squad work to find out who she was and what may have lead to her death.  During the investigation a further two bodies are discovered, that of an elderly man and a child both meeting the same fate as the first victim.  Stave and his team have to establish if the deaths are linked and if so, by what?  


This is Cay Rademacher's debut novel translated from German into English, and is good read, there are several twists and turns.  In my view readers of Luke McCallin and Philip Kerr would particularly enjoy the Frank Stave series



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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 13-08-17

Excellent thriller come detective story

I have never tried this author before but I will definitely be listening and or reading his other books.
The plot is very good with unexpected twists and turns and the characters very believable and in the case of the good guys I liked them a lot. The descriptions of Hamburg after the war are so clear you can almost feel you are there. I also liked the narrator he seemed apt for the characters and storyline.
I thoroughly recommend

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5 out of 5 stars
By Maine Knitter on 08-10-17

Very entertaining

What a pleasant surprise! A great book with an interesting lead character and a unique setting for a police procedural - Hamburg after WW2.

The narrator was also fantastic.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Leonard on 23-05-18

A Great Find!

I'm always happy to find a new murder mystery series and CI Frank Stave books are a welcome addition. It does run a bit long in places, but I will chalk that up to character development. The writer also gives a great description of the what life was like in post-WWII Germany. There are a lot of twists and turns for the listener to enjoy. I've added Book 2 of the series to my wish list and am looking forward to enjoying it.

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