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German intelligence officer Captain Gregor Reinhardt has just been reassigned to the Feldjaegerkorps - a new branch of the military police with far-reaching powers. His position separates him from the friends and allies he has made in the last two years. And he needs them now more than ever. While retreating through Yugoslavia with the rest of the army, Reinhardt witnesses a massacre of civilians by the dreaded Ustaše - only to discover that there is more to the incident than anyone believes. When five mutilated bodies turn up, Reinhardt knows that the stakes are growing more important - and more dangerous. As his investigation begins to draw the attention of those in power, Reinhardt's friends and associates are made to suffer. But as he desperately tries to uncover the truth, his own past with the Ustaše threatens his efforts. Because when it comes to death and betrayal, some people have long memories. And they remember Reinhardt all too well.
©2014 Luke McCallin (P)2014 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By J. Lindsey on 07-19-15

Luke McCallin: determined...talented

While listening to this marvel of historical fiction, I found myself stopping and Googling on several occasions. The struggles in the Balkins has always intriguiged me, especially the focal point of Sarejevo. I have learned more from historical novelists and journalistic memoirs than I could have imagined. There are so many threads of man's inhumanity to man that seem to escape the headlines of history. In the epilogue, McCallin refers to the House of Terror, synonymous with his Pale House and to Jasenovak Prison, whose crimes against humanity rival and surpass those of Auschwiz. The Ustase, given power over this tiny piece of geography are material for nightmares that outdo those of the SS.
Gregor Reinhardt is McCallin's vehicle to guide us through and illustrate places in history that we might never have known existed.
I look forward to Gregor's next journey into the no man's land between loyalty and morality. 2016 I think...
To follow Sarajevo into our present frame of reference I recommend the book 'Love Thy Neighbor: a Story of War' by Peter Maas, which can be found on

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4 out of 5 stars
By David Holroyd on 09-06-14

In the footsteps of Alan Furst & Philip Kerr

If you could sum up The Pale House in three words, what would they be?

Luke McCallin's second Reinhardt book is better than the first, The Man from Berlin. I'm a big fan of Alan Furst's and Philip Kerr's writing, McCallin is more Kerr than Furst. The narrator works pretty well for the material.

Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


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