The Last Man in Berlin by Gaylord Dold

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This page-turning thriller evocatively depicts a corrupt and desolate Berlin at that turning point in history when Hitler is on the cusp of taking power. It is the story of Detective Harry Wulff, a member of an elite police force, who is assigned to solve the murders of two transvestites whose deaths are connected to the Nazis' rise to power.

The Last Man in Berlin is peopled with unforgettable characters, including Wulff and his father, a revered Prussian officer who served during the Great War; Harry's lover, Johanna, a Jewish psychoanalyst filled with insight, passion and terror; a trooper in charge of Nazi hooligans determined to overthrow the Republic; and a maniacal killer who maintains chilling ties to those who will soon rule Germany.

As Wulff's search unfolds, he must enter the Berlin underworld of cross-dressing and prostitution, where he learns how these strange deaths are tied to the inner core of the Third Reich. In the end, Wulff and his father, the last good Germans, must ultimately stand fast against the terror of that time. The Last Man in Berlin is a novel so memorable that you will shake as you compulsively turn the pages.
 

About Gaylord Dold

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Gaylord Dold has been writing for twenty years, and in addition to the fourteen novels he has written, mostly mystery stories, three of which received starred PW's, he also became a publisher-his first book appeared on the Avon list-and he helped found the Watermark Press, a literary publisher that was the offspring of Watermark Books, a bookstore established in Wichita, Kansas. Gaylord was born in Kansas, and lives in Wichita. He started out as a storefront lawyer, and taught law at a college in Florida, and eventually became a criminal defense attorney, defending drug dealers, bank robbers, and other thugs of the Federal justice system. He is the author of fourteen novels, the newest one, SIX WHITE HORSES, was published in October 2002.
 
Published October 1, 2003 by Sourcebooks Landmark. 352 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(Goebbels: “The Jews are a scourge on Germany’s lungs.”) Assigned to investigate the brutal murder of two transvestites, Harry is torn between the demands of that complex case and his concern for Joanna.

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The plot weaves between the Nazis, the losing team of Wulff and Weiss, and a host of Weimar underworld types, leading inevitably to a three-way showdown between Wulff, the killer and a scheming SA leader, Dieter Rom.

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