Blackout

A Gripping WW2 Thriller

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Pub Date 29 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 01 Apr 2022

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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY STARRED REVIEW!

During Berlin’s brutally cold winter of 1939, a serial killer stalks the city throughout the Third Reich’s forced nightly blackouts in this chilling WWII crime novel from #1 Sunday Times bestselling author Simon Scarrow – perfect for fans of Babylon Berlin, Philip Kerr’s Berlin Trilogy, Robert Ludlum, Andrew Gross, and William Christie…

Berlin, 19 December 1939
. War in Europe is distantly rumbling. Alluring former film actress Gerda Korzeny, arrives at a glamorous party with her lover, Oberst Karl Dorner. It’s commonly known she’s unhappily married to senior Nazi party lawyer, Gustav Korzeny, who has close connections to Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda for the Nazi party. She may be married, but she has a reputation, and Oberst is a jealous lover. After an argument, Gerda leaves early and is followed out by Dorner into the cold, snowy night. Their fight escalates, and Gerda eventually disappears alone into the darkness. As she heads towards the train station at Papestrasse she’s startled by a man who begins following her, but she loses him. She barely makes the train heading towards Anhalter, when a man enters her compartment. “You…” she stammers….


As winter approaches, Berlin has been plunged into a deep freeze. Temperatures have plummeted, and coal is scarce. But there’s another, more dangerous freeze – panic and paranoia have spread like a virus as blackouts are rigidly enforced. The Germans have crushed Poland, and the Nazis grip the public into compliance with a combination of propaganda, constant surveillance, and fear darker than any blackout. Every night the city becomes a cloaked and dangerous place where violence could strike from any hidden corner.


It’s up to Criminal Inspector Horst Schenke of Berlin’s Kriminalpolizei to solve who has murdered the film star. Curiously, the Nazi brass want to be intimately involved in the case. Schenke’s experience is valuable to the force, but his views of The Fuhrer and The Third Reich are continually at odds with the growing power of the Nazis. Having refused to apply for the SS, Schenke is isolated in his moral clarity, his political beliefs, and his authority.


Schenke’s enemy isn’t simply the killer roaming under cover of night, but the investigation itself, which takes him deeper into the regime’s darkest corridors, and into a deadly struggle between duty and the Nazis’ growing decree for total obedience. He’s precariously on the right side of the law – for now. Then another body turns up….

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY STARRED REVIEW!

During Berlin’s brutally cold winter of 1939, a serial killer stalks the city throughout the Third Reich’s forced nightly blackouts in this chilling WWII crime novel...


A Note From the Publisher

Mr. Scarrow is available for virtual discussions and interviews from his home in the UK. Contact Ann Pryor at Kensington: apryor at kensingtonbooks dot com.

Mr. Scarrow is available for virtual discussions and interviews from his home in the UK. Contact Ann Pryor at Kensington: apryor at kensingtonbooks dot com.


Advance Praise

"(An) exceptional mystery.... Scarrow plausibly conveys the complexities of his hero's efforts to do an honest job of seeking justice while serving under a corrupt and criminal regime. Fans of Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther will hope for a sequel." Publishers Weekly Starred Review


“A gripping thriller.” The London Sunday Times

"Superb . . . Blackout is a gripping, terrifying read, as well as being a thumping good page-turner. This is historical crime fiction at its finest from a much-loved writer at the very top of his game." - Bestselling Author David Young

"Mesmerising. Nail-biting. Unputdownable. Utterly authentic and beautifully written. The perfect way to bring the past alive." Bestselling Author Damien Lewis

"Scarrow is a genius and I love everything he writes, but Blackout takes things to a whole new level. It's by far the best book I've read this year." Tom Marcus

"Taut and chilling - I was completely gripped." Anthony Horowitz

"A wonderfully compelling thriller, reeking of authenticity, and a terrific depiction of the human world within the chilling world of the Third Reich."  - Peter James

"A perilous world where high society, low desire, and suspected espionage intersect with infighting among the Hitler regime's power-hungry elite . . . A genuine page-turner."  Frederick Taylor

"Hugely compelling and brimming with menace . . . The underlying atmosphere of a city held in the thrall of a killer and of a regime that thrives on fear and distrust is thoroughly authentic and gripping."  Chris Lloyd

'Scarrow's deep knowledge of the Third Reich gives a chilling authenticity to this tense thriller. Thrust into the hunt for a serial killer, Inspector Schenke is a particularly sympathetic hero who must use all his wits to survive the Gestapo . . . A terrific read." Julia Boyd

"(An) exceptional mystery.... Scarrow plausibly conveys the complexities of his hero's efforts to do an honest job of seeking justice while serving under a corrupt and criminal regime. Fans of Philip...


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