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Volker Kutscher

Author of Babylon Berlin

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About the Author

Includes the names: Volken Kutscher, Volker Kutscher

Image credit: Volker Kutscher bei einer Lesung in Bielefeld am 30.September 2010/ Krimidoedel Dr. Jost Hindersmann


Works by Volker Kutscher

Babylon Berlin (2007) — Author — 728 copies, 18 reviews
The Silent Death (2017) 356 copies, 5 reviews
Goldstein (2010) 237 copies, 8 reviews
The Fatherland Files (2012) 163 copies, 3 reviews
The March Fallen (2014) 138 copies, 3 reviews
Lunapark: Gereon Raths sechster Fall (2016) 76 copies, 2 reviews
Olympia (2020) 43 copies, 3 reviews
Moabit (2017) 42 copies, 2 reviews
Mitte (2021) 8 copies, 1 review


Common Knowledge



The second Gereon Rath novel, set in the early 1930s, sees Berling detectives engaged in a high-profile serial murder case in Dusseldorf. As punishment for his perceived insubordination, Rath is denied the chance to take part and given boring duties like observing the funeral of somebody called Horst Wessel, and attending a fatal industrial accident on a film set, where an actress has had a light fitting fall on her.

Rath doesn't think that this was an accident and gathers proof to suggest otherwise. Then a second actress is found dead in a cinema, perfectly posed, but with her vocal cords cut out. The police are desperate to avoid the sensationalism abroad in Dusseldofr and so refuse to link these cases. Rath decides to defy them and pursue his own inquiries.

Gereon Rath remains a splendid character: ruthlessly ambitious, hated by his colleagues, the bane of his superiors, heedless of other people, and willing to do whatever is necessary to prove his case. Kutscher includes allusions to the political environment of the times, suggesting where Rath's anti-authoritarian streak may find him in future. Hopefully more of these novels make it into English translation soon.
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gjky | 4 other reviews | Apr 9, 2023 |
This novel starts off with a couple of street kids being discovered robbing Berlin's largest department store. They make a bid to escape, but one falls to his death in the attempt. Lange, one of Rath's junior colleagues, is put in charge of taking the statements and closing the case. Meanwhile, Rath himself is put in charge of keeping tabs on Abraham Goldstein, a professional killer who has come to Berlin from the USA, a situation the Prussian police are most unhappy about.

At one point Goldstein gives Rath the slip and gets involved in a fracas between an old Jewish man and some brownshirt toughs. This incident has a fatal outcome, which puts Goldstein in the frame for murder, and Rath in the bad books once again. Meanwhile Lange is uncovering some very disturbing evidence that shows that the street kid's death is a far more serious incident than first thought.

Once again Kutscher gives us a clever plot with a convincing feel for his setting: the Berlin of the early 30s, when the Nazis were on the rise and the Weimar Republic was entering its final decline. There is a fourth novel in the series coming soon; I've already ordered my copy.
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gjky | 7 other reviews | Apr 9, 2023 |
DI Gereon Rath is parachuted from Cologne to Berlin in the wake of a scandal in his home city. He lands at Vice, where he starts working for Bruno Wolter. Their first case is a raid on a porn film ring, which soon explodes into a violent morass involving organised crime, Russian emigres and the emerging Nazi movement.

This is a splendid evocation of the seamy side of Berlin during the Wiemar Republic. Rath is a complex character; sometimes full of self-doubt but at other times repellently ambitious. Kutshcer's plot barrels along and includes some major twists leading up to a tense and gripping finale.

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gjky | 17 other reviews | Apr 9, 2023 |
It was pretty good. I liked the setting in 1929 Berlin and the story was OK. I haven't seen the TV series at all, but learning about that led me to this book. I'm fascinated with pre-WW II Germany and would have liked more descriptive atmosphere than what there was. Still not a bad mystery and a good leading character in Inspector Rath from Cologne. I may read more of these.
kslade | 17 other reviews | Dec 8, 2022 |



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