Dold, Gaylord. The Last Man in Berlin. Sourcebooks Landmark, October 2003. c352p. ISBN 1-4022-0124-9. $25.00. Fiction.

Experienced mystery writer Dold (Six White Horses) serves up a thoroughly researched and evocative portrayal of Berlin in the early 1930s. In this charged environment—Communists and Nazis were struggling to overthrow the tottering Weimar Republic—homicide detective Harry Wulff of the Kriminalpolizei (Kripo) has made some risky choices. His lover, Johanna, is a Jewish psychiatrist, and his new boss, Bernhard Weiss, is the Jewish head of the Staatspolizei (Stapo), the political police responsible for infiltrating antigovernment organizations. A spy in Stapo headquarters has been warning the Nazis prior to police raids. Wulff’s job is to ferret out the “termite” while trying to solve the murder of a transvestite. Early on, readers know the identity of the spy, his controller, and the murderer, so the suspense lies in following Wulff’s investigation and, to a lesser extent, wondering whether he or his Jewish lover will perish. Character development, incident, and atmosphere dominate the story, instead of a driving pace, but nevertheless interest never flags. For most public libraries.

LJ, 128, no. 17 (October 15, 2003), 90.

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