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Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781472258588

Price: £20

ON SALE: 2nd February 2023

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Historical Fiction

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After Germany’s invasion of Poland, the world is holding its breath and hoping for peace. At home, the Nazi Party’s hold on power is absolute.

One freezing night, an SS doctor and his wife return from an evening mingling with their fellow Nazis at the concert hall. By the time the sun rises, the doctor will be lying lifeless in a pool of blood.

Was it murder or suicide? Criminal Inspector Horst Schenke is told that under no circumstances should he investigate. The doctor’s widow, however, is convinced her husband was the target of a hit. But why would anyone murder an apparently obscure doctor? Compelled to dig deeper, Schenke learns of the mysterious death of a child. The cases seem unconnected, but soon chilling links begin to emerge that point to a terrifying secret.

Even in times of war, under a ruthless regime, there are places no man should ever enter. And Schenke fears he may not return alive . . .

Readers raved about BLACKOUT – Simon Scarrow’s first Berlin Wartime Thriller

‘Taut and chilling – I was completely grippedAnthony Horowitz
A terrific depiction of the human world within the chilling world of the Third Reich’ Peter James
‘Mesmerising. Nail-biting. Unputdownable Damien Lewis


A compelling, atmospheric page-turner
Steve Cavanagh
A superb thriller with all the elements that make for a seriously gripping story - an outsider hero in jeopardy, a world of brooding danger, and an entirely, terrifyingly believable denouement
Owen Matthews
A chilling and accomplished historical thriller
Vaseem Khan
An absolute stone-cold page-turner
S. G. MacLean
'Scarrow's second World War Two thriller is a tense and fast-paced tale rich in period atmosphere'
Bill Todd, The Sun
The moral ambiguity gives it a very especial edge. It is a tense, fast-moving story with plenty of action, culminating in a vividly described shoot-out
Edward James, Historical Novel Review
Scarrow has alighted on an aspect of Nazi policy that certainly deserves to be better known
James Owen, The Times
Gripping and compelling . . . balances immersive historical scene-setting with masterful plotting
Dan Jones