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In the dying days of World War Two, Pavel Romasko and his Red Army colleagues pick their way through the carnage and detritus of a dying Berlin. Stumbling upon the smoking remains of a Nazi bunker, they find something inside that eclipses the horror of even the worst excesses in the city above them…
As the war ends, retribution begins. But some revenge cannot be taken at once. Some revenge takes years.
And so it is, as post-war Europe tries desperately to drag itself back onto its feet, and soldiers attempt a return to normality, that retribution continues to ferment in the Gulags of the Soviet Union and beneath the surface of apparently ordinary lives.
Which is how, seventy years later, FBI agent Carla Romero and New York lawyer Gabriel Hall are enlisted to investigate a series of blood-chilling crimes that seem to have their roots in the distant past — even though the suffering they cause is all too present. And for one of them, the disappearance of young women is a particularly personal matter.
The Blameless Dead is an epic, compelling, edge-of-the-seat drama that sweeps the reader from twentieth century Europe to modern-day New York, taking in some of the most important events of modern history and exposing them in honest and unflinching terms. Part murder-mystery, part historical novel and shot through with adrenaline-pumping action, this novel superbly demonstrates that, while the hostilities may cease and the peace be signed, the horror that is war is never really over.
This is definitely not a book for the squeamish. It is a gruesome story of the atrocities of war, man’s inhumanity to man and revenge seventy years later. It is a dual timeline story relating events from Berlin in 1945 and more current events and investigations in 2015. It is an insightful but very different look at historical events, revealing them in horrific technicolor. It is a murder mystery with its roots firmly in the past but occurring in the present day. It is a graphically portrayed, uncomfortably so for me, at times.
However, persevere and an intriguing, suspense filled investigation by FBI agent Carla Romero and New York Lawyer Gabriel Hall into a series of crimes that have their roots in the past will keep you wary about what you’ll discover on the next page but too involved to risk putting it down. It is a powerful story of revenge, murder, conspiracy and evil. It is a very dark story, one filled with hatred that is counteracted by determination and belief. It is a story with a warning that though wars may end they have a lasting legacy which can impact on events far into the future.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this review is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
Bestselling thriller, crime and historical fiction novelist published by HarperCollins/Endeavour Quill. Gary Haynes studied law at university before becoming a commercial litigator. He is interested in history, philosophy and international relations. When he’s not writing or reading, he enjoys watching European films, travelling, hillwalking and spending time with his family. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers Organization. You can contact Gary via his website and social media sites: