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A Visible Darkness (Hanno Stiffeniis Series #3)

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  • Posted February 21, 2009

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    The third Stiffeniis police procedural is a superb historical piece

    In 1808, Prussia is a cesspool of corpses as the French army has devastated the locals. In that environ, Prussian magistrate Hanno Stiffeniis, heeding the advice of his late mentor Immanuel Kant, tests the impact of the dead rotting in fields on the health of the living. He believes the populace including the invaders faces health risks and plans to use empirical evidence to prove his case so the French will clean the environment.

    French Colonel Antoine Claudet asks Stiffeniis to investigate the murder of Kati Rodendahl, a Prussian woman collecting amber to sell to the occupying army because Napoleon wants it. With a child due shortly and wanting to be with his wife and their family, Stiffeniis reluctantly agrees. With able assistance he begins his inquiry, but more homicides follow that leaves the Prussian knowing he will miss the birth of his child while the bureaucracy wants the case dropped in a charged atmosphere of hate and distrust between the occupiers and the occupied.

    The third Stiffeniis police procedural (see CRITIQUE OF CRIMINAL REASON and DAYS OF ATONEMENT) is a superb historical piece that brings to life (and death) Prussia under French occupation. The story line has themes that apply today in the Middle East as Stiffeniis believes the motive is to assassinate those people considered traitors for seeming to support the occupiers even if it is just to feed your family. Readers will relish this powerful tale that resonates with its gloom and doom that once again parallels early nineteenth century Prussia with 2006 Iraq.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    TJD

    Scary! I love the suspense. Just please make the chapters a little longer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2014

    Broken

    AHHHHHHHH!!!!!! I like it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    AL

    OHMYGOS YES

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Boue lightning

    MOAR

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    || A White Raven || CHAPTER 1 ||

    "Moone!" A sweeter voice called my name. I glanced up, smiling slightly as Midnight Beauty and Frost Feather walked over. "Hey, Frosty. Midnight." I greet them, my mane whispering across my shoulders in a breeze. "What'cha up to?" Frost asks. I shrug, "Try to clear my head before heading up there." I incline my head to the clouds. "Well, we gotta surprise for you." Midnight squeaks. I raise an eyebrow and allow myself to be led into a building. A lone pale, cloudy crystal stands alone on a table. Suddenly, Frost flicks off the lights. The crystal grows bright, illuminating our faces in an eerie blue-green light. "Whoa....." The words fall out of my mouth. I press my hooves against the sides of the mysterious crystal; a welcoming hum rattles through me. 'Blue Moon...' A voice flutters through my ears, 'I am waiting where your dear brother rests... I can help you.' 'With what...?' 'Your past...' The voice slips away, leaving my ears tingling. "What did it say...?" Frost mutters eagerly. "What...?" I ask, still befuddled. Midnight giggles; wait, giggles?! I swiftly turn around, the crystal clutched against my chest. Frost and Midnight slowly advance on me, insectoid eyes replacing their own, curved horns upon their heads. "Changlings..." I utter in horror, backing away. "Yes, Moone..." Frost-Changling hisses. "What have you done with Frost Feather and Midnight Beauty?!" I shout defiantly. Midnight-Changling giggles again, "Oh, they're fine. Wish we could say the same for you...!" I step back more, tripping over a fallen chair. I gasp as the wind rushes from my lungs, my hooves aching as they strike the floor. Then Frost-Changling and Midnight-Changling are upon me...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Midnight

    I love it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Firework

    Plz put me in!

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    Posted February 25, 2011

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    Posted June 4, 2011

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