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Babylon Berlin
Gereon Rath Series, Book 1
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THE BASIS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL TV SENSATION BABYLON BERLIN"Cabaret on cocaine...captures the dark glamour of a briefly exhilarating time between the wars." —NPRBabylon Berlin is the first book...
THE BASIS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL TV SENSATION BABYLON BERLIN"Cabaret on cocaine...captures the dark glamour of a briefly exhilarating time between the wars." —NPRBabylon Berlin is the first book...
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  • THE BASIS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL TV SENSATION BABYLON BERLIN
    "Cabaret on cocaine...captures the dark glamour of a briefly exhilarating time between the wars." —NPR
    Babylon Berlin is the first book in the international-bestselling series from Volker Kutscher that centers on Detective Gereon Rath caught up in a web of drugs, sex, political intrigue, and murder in Berlin as Germany teeters on the edge of Nazism.
    It's 1929 and Berlin is the vibrating metropolis of post-war Germany—full of bars and brothels and dissatisfied workers at the point of revolt. Gereon Rath is new in town and new to the police department.
    When a dead man without an identity, bearing traces of atrocious torture, is discovered, Rath sees a chance to find his way back into the homicide division. He discovers a connection with a circle of oppositional exiled Russians who try to purchase arms with smuggled gold in order to prepare a coup d'état. But there are other people trying to get hold of the gold and the guns, too. Raths finds himself up against paramilitaries and organized criminals. He falls in love with Charlotte, a typist in the homicide squad, and misuses her insider's knowledge for his personal investigations. And as he gets further entangled with the case, he never imagined becoming a suspect himself.
    "[Kutscher's] trick is ingenious...He's created a portrati of an era through the lense of genre fiction."—The New York Times

About the Author-

  • VOLKER KUTSCHER was born in 1962. He studied German, philosophy, and history, and worked as a newspaper editor prior to writing his first detective novel. Babylon Berlin, the start of an award-winning series of novels to feature Gereon Rath and his exploits in late Weimar Republic Berlin, was an instant hit in Germany. The series was awarded the Berlin Krimi-Fuchs Crime Writers Prize in 2011 and has sold more than one million copies worldwide and was adapted as a 12-part Netflix miniseries by Tom Tykwer (director of Cloud Atlas and The International). He lives in Cologne.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 26, 2018
    This graphic novel adaptation of the first entry in Kutscher’s Weimar Berlin–set mystery novel series recalls a period noir, with a patina of cabaret decadence. Although the hero, disgraced homicide detective Gereon Rath, seems to be good at his job, he has another more important attribute: a propensity for getting into trouble. Reassigned to the Berlin vice squad from Cologne after killing a suspect, Gereon has barely gotten off the train when he’s wrapped up in a conspiracy involving a criminal ring of Russian emigrés and a pile of stolen gold that both the Nazis and the Communists want to get their hands on. Soon, Gereon is up to his neck in double-crosses and mysterious murders, not to mention fräuleins willing to tumble into bed. Save for the odd rough translation (some Berliners speak more like Bowery Boys), Jysch’s hard-boiled dialogue has the right level of sardonic bravado for this type of two-fisted tale, and his densely textured backgrounds neatly evoke the jazzy, debauched, and politically fraught environment of 1929 Berlin. This lightning-paced addition to Hard Case Crime’s genre series will garner attention from the recent Netflix premiere of the German television adaptation.

  • Kirkus Reviews

    "The first in a series that's been wildly popular in Germany is an excellent police procedural that cleverly captures the dark and dangerous period of the Weimer Republic before it slides into the ultimate evil of Nazism."

  • Publishers Weekly (starred review) "James Ellroy fans will welcome Kutscher's first novel and series launch, a fast-paced blend of murder and corruption sent in 1929 Berlin. Kutscher keeps the surprises coming and doesn't flinch at making his lead morally compromised."
  • The Sunday Times (London) "Conjures up the dangerous decadence of the Weimar years, with blood on the Berlin streets and the Nazis lurking menacingly in the wings."
  • Library Journal "Gereon's inquiries drag him through the mire of Berlin's underworld and the chaos of the politics of the period. Riveting and atmospheric."
  • Mail on Sunday (London)

    "Gripping evocative thriller set in Berlin's seedy underworld during the roaring Twenties. A massive hit in its native Germany, Volker Kutscher's series, centered on Detective Inspector Gereon Rath, is currently being filmed for television."

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