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Against the backdrop of pre war Germany there is an ndeniable spookiness to the plot which is greatly enhanced by Nova s vivid and sensual prose The images dead bodies fight scenes a greehouse filled with orchids are stunning This book is dark and foreboding npredictable and highly engaging This is my second time reading this book I am impressed with his precise language the different points of view the plotting and the atmosphere he creates The ending kept it from being a five star rating Although it was a fitting ending it seemed forced and rushed Still if you are looking for a historical mystery or a police procedural or a book set in pre war Berlin I recommend The Informer The Informer by Craig Nova a murder mystery set in a dark and corrupt 1930s Berlin the main character Gaelle a beautiful and desperate prostitute with a scarred past is entangled in a complex web of murder and deception that forces her into becoming an informer but to whom does she owe her loyalties Herself The victims Her investigator friend Armina Treffen Or those pulling her strings This is taut mystery with plenty of twists that will keep you reading on I feel the author has portrayed the sinister Berlin world well and brings to life the passions and conflicts of his main characters I enjoyed this book but felt some of the timelines jumped too much particularly the ending which I felt was a bit contrived Worth reading as a historical depiction of a tragic time and place Interesting story focused around 2 women in pre war Berlin 1 a prostitute and the other a homicide cop Well written in the sense that you can feel the city smell it sense the claustrophobic nature of an ever increasing police state I enjoyed the 2 main characters and the general story The mood and the story itself are good I do not get howev I liked this book it appeals to the part of me that loves intelligence in the written word As a work of historical fiction it is very well writtenThe Informer is set in Berlin at the end of Germany s Weimar Republic 1918 1933 and Germany s politics are fractured among the lines of three main political groups the Communists the various right wing groups including but not limited to the Nazis and the prevailing Socialist government On the streets these divisions often play out as brawls and skirmishes between rival factions each with its gang of thugs and this fracture. E wants is protectionFelix a sixteen year old boy with a lame foot negotiates Gaelle’s price accompanies her in limousines when she feels threatened and reminds her to take care of herself But can he really keep her from harmArmina Treffen is an investigator for the Berlin Police Several women’s bodies have been found in the park murdered in the same manner and Armina too seeks Gaelle’s confidence to help her
A strange but highly compelling book set in Berlin right before the war In this decadent place Gaelle is a marked woman She has a burn mark on half of her face This has led to major psychological problems She rejects her family as she feels they have rejected her and becomes a street walker This too gives her no peace She finds out information and has to decide if she should tell or keep it iet Her choice becomes her death sentence The Informer by Craig Nova puts yet another notch on the belt of an author with an already stellar body of work that so many pe I liked the author s style in this novel as he made the events come alive with vivid yet creative description It displayed his skill as an author It saved a very dark story and made it intriguing than it would otherwise have been My difficulty was in drawing some type of inspiration from the book I Ice Wolves (Elementals, usually look for that in books I read There were a few things that offered some small hope but mostly conveyed darkness and futility with little moral truth That is not what I typically read It did entertain as a mystery type novel and kept my attention especially so as I got deeper into the book One of my favorite genres set in one of my favorite periods Characters seem just a bit distorted however yet they are strangely compelling Very interesting to read about thenterkreig my neologism instead of battles and leaders The Informer is a thrilling and engaging novel in the tradition of Graham Greene and Alan Furst With taut prose and a dark plot Nova sets two characters the scarred yet appealing prostitute Gaelle and the police inspector Armina on a collision course amid the backdrop of 1930s Berlin Nova masterfully develops in The Informer the intrigue and suspense that you expect from the best literary thrillers Fans of Furst s spy novels as well as detective thrillers from the likes of Stieg Larsson The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Henning Mankell the Kurt Wallender mysteries Per Wahl and Maj Sjowall The Laughing Policeman will feel right at home reading The Informer Highly recommended Craig Nova s THE INFORMER is a haunting evocative novel set in Berlin in the early 1930s The story moves between three main characters a disfigured prostitute named Gaelle her physically handicaped pimp Felix and Armina a female police investigator who is trying to stop a serial killer who is preying on women Set. Berlin in 1930 is a city of dark paranoia and covert power struggles where violence can erupt at any moment The Brownshirts dominate the streets but the Red Front is building its insurgenceGaelle a beautiful but desperate young prostitute with a scar across one side of her face trades in something far powerful and dangerous than sex information To possess her men will do than pay they will tell her secrets What Gaell.
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Continues on p into city and governmental bureaucracies where thuggery is or less official yet clandestine Everything is played according to where one s loyalties lieWithout going into the plot at the center of this well written novel is Gaelle the disfigured 22 year old prostitute and The Informer of the story Gaelle is protected as well as pimped out by Felix a 16 year old boy who lives on the streets with his ears to the ground She often supplements their earnings by selling secrets she learns from clients which works well for the two of them ntil she happens More Than a Convenient Bride (Texas Cattlemans Club: After the Storm upon some intelligence regarding a man who works at the Soviet Embassy and spies on the Red Front for the Brownshirts While all of this is happening Armina Treffen a police officer in Inspectorate A a division of the kriminalpolizei that investigates homicide is seeking a serial killer who is stalking young women in the Tiergarten park area Armina is a professional and cares about her work but she has her own personal issues which are compounded by the politics of her boss Ritter which hamper her work on the caseThe Informer is not your average Berlin noir type of novel like Jonathan Rabb s series beginning with Rosa nor is it like Kerr s Berlin novels both of which are both plot driven It is character driven with its atmosphere of place and time acting as the headliner From the very beginning the book draws you into the malice the author s word pervading the streets and the very air not to mention thencertainty of what is to come In this sense the suspense aspect of the novel permeates throughout not so much as an aspect of the novel s plotline but in terms of the future of the German people There are several scenes in which the author offers a brief foreshadowing of the future a line of people at the local vet having their dogs killed as a solution to their inability to feed their pets because of the high rate of inflation and the description of Armina going daily by the children from the special school both send a shiver p the reader s spine because we know exactly what these scenes allude to in only a matter of a few years henceThe dustjacket blurb calls the book a literary thriller but the scales tip heavily in favor of the literary side and to label this book merely a thriller is really to cheapen it This is my first novel by this author but definitely not the last Highly recommende. Atch a serial killerEven as Gaelle tries to protect herself by possessing information she becomes entangled in a complex web of politics and murder in a city in which men will go to any length to maintain the power of silenceIn this taut literary thriller acclaimed author Craig Nova masterfully captures the menace and malice of pre war Berlin through the eyes of characters dealing with forces far beyond their control.