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The Second Rider by Alex Beer
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The Second Rider

by Alex Beer

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Series: Ein Fall für August Emmerich (1)

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For three months, Inspector August Emmerich has been on the trail of Veit Kolja, the head of a large-scale black market smuggling operation that supplies people with basic needs that remain scarce in a city still devastated by World War I. Emmerich dreams of a reassignment to the elite division that handles homicides and hopes to showcase his deductive skills after his inexperienced new assistant stumbles across a corpse in the woods. The coroner and Emmerich's boss, District Inspector Leopold Sander, are eager to label the death a suicide, even after a second body turns up. Emmerich resists Sander's directives to devote himself to the smuggling ring, even as he grapples with debilitating pain from a war wound as well as a devastating development in his personal life.… (more)

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Vienna, 1919. Police Inspector August Emmerich and his new assistant are on the trail of smugglers when they stumble across a body in a Viennese park. They try to find out more and eventually face a very dangerous murderer.
The author paints a vivid picture of a country in disintegration: the economy is in ruins, the republic struggles to rebuild institutions that crumbled away with the Habsburg empire, and people are desperate: starving and unable to find work. In the course of his investigations Emmerich (and the reader) meets profiteers, learns about emigration associations and the effects of a new wonder drug named heroin (legal at the time!). The war crimes which provide the motive for the murders are left pretty vague, though. ( )
  MissWatson | Aug 6, 2019 |
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