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Rosa

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In November 1918, socialist revolution sweeps across Germany, transforming Berlin, already ravaged by war, into a political battleground. Four women from the slums are discovered dead, all with identical markings on their back. When the fifth turns out to be Rosa Luxemburg, a leader of the suppressed socialist uprising, the political police complicate the investigations of Detective Inspector Nicolai Hoffner and his assistant Hans Fichte.

Rabb brings to life a world capital on the brink of chaos, a tragic revolutionary who inspired and enraged in equal measure, and a compellingly complex, world-weary, deeply flawed but brilliant inspector, Nikolai Hoffner.

"...a novel so richly drawn, so dark and so compelling it reaches into your gut and holds on tight..." Detroit Free Press

"a ghostly noir that could have been conspired at by Raymond Chandler and Andre Malraux." Harper's

"Rabb wields a deft and chilling pen."
Richmond Times Dispatch

"The hallmarks of Jonathan Rabb's writing are impeccable research, extraordinary attention to detail, superb style and a deep respect for his readers."
Charles Middleburgh, Amazon.co.uk
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 173 x 217 x 31mm | 468g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • Illustrations, 1 map
  • 1905559046
  • 9781905559046
  • 387,867

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A murdered revolutionary . . .A vicious serial killer . . .A city in chaos . . .All lead to Rosa. In the last days of the First World War, socialist revolution swept across Germany, sending Kaiser Wilhelm into exile and transforming Berlin into a battleground. But for Detective Inspector Nikolai Hoffner and his young assistant, Hans Fichte, the revolution is a mere inconvenience. Four women from the slums of Berlin have turned up dead, all with identical markings etched into their backs, and Hoffner and Fichte have spent the better part of six weeks trying to crack the bizarre case. Things take a troubling turn when the political police begin to show an interest in Hoffner's investigation. Hoffner has no idea why the Polpo would want to get their hands dirty with a serial murderer, until he is shown the lifeless body of Rosa Luxemburg, the same eerie markings on her back. Rumors abound that Rosa, one of the leaders of the suppressed socialist uprising, was assassinated by an angry mob, but the pattern carved into her back tells a different story. In his remarkable new thriller, Jonathan Rabb paints a vivid, unforgettable picture of a city and a people poised between the chaos of the First World War and the darkness to come, a time when political thugs, petty thieves, and charismatic leaders rushed to fill the void left behind. Into this gap steps Hoffner, who, while battling his own personal demons, is still determined to find out who is preying on the women of Berlin, even as he gets drawn deeper into the mystery surrounding Rosa's death. Hoffner's search for the killer leads him on a dark and twisted journey through the battle-scarred streets of the city, wherehe soon discovers that nothing is as it appears. And while he finds allies in unexpected places, he is met at every turn by men who will stop at nothing to keep him from finding out the truth about Rosa. A genuine mystery at the time, Rosa's fate has continued to prompt speculation to this day. Rabb's taut political thriller imagines one strikingly real possibility. With his first two novels, "The Overseer and "The Book of Q, Rabb proved that he had a talent not only for writing suspenseful narratives but for illuminating the darkest corners of history as well. With "Rosa, his finest work, he brings to life a world capital on the brink of chaos, a tragic revolutionary who both inspired and enraged, and a compellingly complex, world-weary, deeply flawed but brilliant inspector named Nikolai Hoffner. Also available as an eBook "From the Hardcover edition.
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"...a novel so richly drawn, so dark and so compelling it reaches into your gut and holds on tight..." Detroit Free Press "a ghostly noir that could have been conspired at by Raymond Chandler and Andre Malraux." Harper's "Rabb wields a deft and chilling pen." Richmond Times Dispatch "The hallmarks of Jonathan Rabb's writing are impeccable research, extraordinary attention to detail, superb style and a deep respect for his readers." Charles Middleburgh, Amazon.co.uk"
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About Jonathan Rabb

Jonathan Rabb, is a full-time novelist and lives in Savannah, Georgia, with his wife and their two children. Rosa is the first part of Jonathan Rabb's Berlin Trilogy, which also includes Shadow and Light and The Second Son.
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1,144 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
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4 42% (479)
3 29% (332)
2 6% (71)
1 2% (19)
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