by Jonathan Rabb Crown Publishers
Category: Fiction / Autobiography
0 pages; ISBN: 1400049210
Rating: 7/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Anne K. Edwards
A fascinating look at post-World War One Germany when it was in turmoil which was added to by the growth of the Socialist Party led by Karl Leibknecht and Rosa Luxemburg and a subsequent battle that resulted in their defeat. The two leaders went on the run and were caught and killed shortly thereafter. The novel Rosa is based on what might have happened to Rosa since she disappeared and it was thought that she might have escaped. But she didn't. Her body was discovered in an excavation and it was thought she had fallen victim to a serial killer whose victims were turning up with strange marks on their backs. Detective Inspector Nikolai Hoffner and his partner hve been given the task of catching a killer and, as they set about their investigation, the political arm of the police interferes and takes possession of Rosa's body with a warning to Hoffner that she is not part of his case. True to form, he does not heed them and continues to follow all leads, regardless of where they take him. His case is fraught with personal danger to himself, false trails, and interference from the political police. Rosa is a tale that will grip your imagination as you follow Hoffner or his partner from one city to another in their quest for the truth. The motives behind the political police will catch you by surprise and add to the pull of the story. A great read by a very talented author. Highly recommended. Enjoy.