Children of Wrath by Paul Grossman

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Willi Kraus, the celebrated WWI and detective, returns in this prequel story about how he became the most famous Jewish Detective in Germany in the days of the Weimar Republic In Paul Grossman's Children of Wrath Willi Kraus tackles the case of the Kinderfresser, the vicious Child-Eater of Berlin.  Turning the clock back two years from The Sleepwalkers, the story starts out in the fall of 1929, the last days of prosperity.  Berlin is deep in the throes of a giddy rush to forget its troubled past.  But the same day the stock market crashes in New York, the dark underside of the German capital flushes to the surface in the form of a burlap sack spewed by floodwaters from the city sewer system.  When Willi is called to investigate and discovers the sack is full of children’s bones with teeth marks on them--and a bible with a single phrase circled in red: children of wrath--he fears he’s run into “something darker than he’s ever known.”
 

About Paul Grossman

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Paul Grossman is a long time teacher of writing and literature at Hunter College.
 
Published February 28, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 334 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Detective Willi Kraus quickly learns the bones are the remains of children—and young boys are disappearing from the city.

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Publishers Weekly

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In Grossman's latest, Willi Kraus is a Jewish war hero-turned police detective living in Berlin in 1929, facing Aryan intolerance, and pursuing an unbelievably loathsome serial killer -- Die Kinderfresser, or the Child-Eater of Berlin -- with more hindrance than help from his superiors.

Aug 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Children of Wrath

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Set in 1929, Grossman’s brilliant second historical featuring Berlin policeman Willi Kraus (after 2010’s The Sleepwalkers, which was set in 1932) finds Kraus already feeling the isolation of being a Jew in an overwhelmingly Aryan environment.

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Denver Post

In a prequel to the author's "The Sleepwalkers," Grossman offers up an earlier case for Willi Klaus, a World War I veteran and one of the few Jewish policeman working in Berlin during the closing years of the Weimar Republic.

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North Jersey

Two years before the events of Grossman's previous book, "The Sleepwalkers," Detective Willi Kraus uncovers a burlap bag full of children's bones.

Mar 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Children of Wrath

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-Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Publishers Weekly interviewed Paul Grossman back in December and he offered some interesting insight into the research for CHILDREN OF WRATH, such as, "One major influence in my decision making was the works of German psychologist Alice Miller and her ideas on h...

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