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This book is set in Hamburg in 1947 and is a German translation. A child body is found is a shipyard and Inpector Frank Stave need to maneuver the polictal mind fields to solve the case. If you are a fan of police procedural and enjoy historical fiction this is a great book. It is the 2nd book of the series and I can't wait for others to be translated.
I like Chief Inspector Stave a lot. I don't always agree with his personal choices (hug him for goodness sake) but he's a good cop and a nice guy. His interactions with the 14-year old girl were kind.
Hamburg in 1947 is another character in the book. Not a city that has been featured a lot. Very interesting place and time. I do question whether the term "baby bump" was used in the Forties though.
I hope there are more books. I look forward to them.
This is Cay Rademacher's Second novel in the Frank Stave Series. In this book, Stave has been asked to investigate the deaths of several children, the first was found in a storage shed at the Hamburg port having been stabbed, during the course of the book two other children were to die. The question is why? Set in the British Control Zone of Germany in 1947. There are children roaming the streets, having lost there parents during allied bombing raids. The Children, known as "Wolf Children" live rough in the ruins of the city, do what ever they can to make ends meet, usually involving some connection to the city's black market. Stave is keen to solve the case, particularly, after the death of one of the children, an under-age prostitute, who has become tangled up in the saga. Stave of course has much besides the case on his mind, his son, Karl has been missing since the end of the war, is he still alive? If he is, where is he? Stave has recently started a relationship and he worries about how Karl will react.
The Wolf Children, is a great second novel, a worthy follow up to his debut, Murderer in the Ruins. The book has many inter-woven strands which makes the Wolf Children an engaging read, It develops the characters from the first book, particularly James C McDonald, a British Army Officer who has been called upon again to assist Stave with his enquiries. I'm looking forward to Stave's next outing - hopefully, it won't be a long wait
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