Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: Heidelberg Requiem

Heidelberg Requiem Heidelberg Requiem by Wolfgang Burger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn't know what to expect of this book, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Alexander Gerlach has been promoted to Chief Inspector in Heidelberg. He must now move to that town from Karlsruhe with his adolescent twin daughters, typical teenagers with an attitude. His wife died some time ago and there's only the three of them.
Gerlach is one of the most agreeable characters I've found in thriller books. He's confused, trying to be a good father (and sometimes failing miserably), a good boss and in general, trying to get his life in track again. He's not a super policeman/detective/man. Quite the contrary!

His first case makes him question if he is fit to be a Chief Inspector, as what he really likes is the investigative work, not the paperwork part of it, much to the annoyance of his superiors. A man has been left to bleed to death and this will not be the only murder in the book.

The plot is made lighter by the interaction between Gerlach and his daughters, and also by a mystery woman with whom he embarks in a relationship.

I hope the next books in the series will be soon translated into English, as this seems to be the only one available now.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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