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Translated by Imogen Taylor
Hanover, 1923. Boys are vanishing, one after another, without a trace. At first police suspect political motivations—perhaps the missing boys are communists, defecting to the newly formed USSR, or victims of the rising Nazi Party.
Soon, however, Inspector Robert Lahnstein begins to believe even more sinister forces are at play: is a killer at work? Can Lahnstein track down the murderer before he takes another victim?
Based on the true crimes of Fritz Haarmann, the fabled Butcher of Hanover, this gripping new novel by Dirk Kurbjuweit explores the depths of human depravity and offers a dark portrait of justice during the Weimar Republic.
‘Fear shifts our moral codes. It makes us sympathetic to violent revenge, accessories to murder. Do we want the victim to survive? No, we don’t. Long after I had put this book down I still didn’t. A great achievement.’
‘Fear is a smart, psychologically complex and morally acute fable of modern German society decked out in the garb of an intricate thriller…This is a wry, complex, at times disturbing survey of middle-class German life in the decades since the end of World War II.’