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Cold Rain in Berlin
     

Cold Rain in Berlin

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by Julian Jay Savarin
 

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Hauptkomissar Muller of the Berlin Police is unhappy to have an American Journalist, Carey Bloomfield, assigned to shadow his work. Muller has enough on his plate with four violent and possibly racially motivated killings. It soon becomes clear that Carey has own agenda, as do the killers.

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Hauptkomissar Muller of the Berlin Police is unhappy to have an American Journalist, Carey Bloomfield, assigned to shadow his work. Muller has enough on his plate with four violent and possibly racially motivated killings. It soon becomes clear that Carey has own agenda, as do the killers.

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Hauptkommissar Jens Muller of the Berlin Police, another in a long line of independently wealthy souls opting for a career in law enforcement, must investigate a series of what appear to be racially motivated murders in the latest workmanlike thriller from British author Savarin (Starfire, etc.). The only hitch is that Muller's superior, Heinz Kaltendorf, who would love to see Muller fail and have the failure recorded publicly, has assigned American journalist Carey Bloomfield to accompany him. Muller is a suave, intelligent, noble lawman; Bloomfield a beautiful, dangerous, mysterious gal with her own agenda. And the killer they're pursuing has surprising plans of his own. Savarin's lead characters are sketched in bold colors, and so are such supporting characters as Muller's chain-smoking assistant, Pappenheim, and Muller's customized Porsche, which would do James Bond proud. An entertaining war of wits keeps the plot rolling along as Muller, on the road through Germany with Bloomfield, spars with an ingenious and resourceful enemy. Muller and Bloomfield regard each other with growing admiration and attraction, but no lessening of distrust. Some adverbitis ("Muller began warningly... insisted firmly... added testily..."), a tendency toward distracting polemics and a somewhat lame ending mar an otherwise engaging narrative full of cinematic potential. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780727858924
Publisher:
Severn House Publishers, Limited
Publication date:
09/27/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.71(w) x 8.78(h) x 1.02(d)

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Savarin was educated in Britain and took a degree in history before serving in the Royal Air Force.

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Cold Rain in Berlin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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As a German I have read all three of Julian Jay Savarin¿s books about Hauptkommissar Müller in English - strange that they have not been published in German yet!! - and I am eagerly waiting for the fourth ¿ A HOT DAY IN MAY ¿ which I have seen will be published very soon. When I first saw A COLD RAIN IN BERLIN ¿ the first of the Müller and Pappenheim books ¿ I was not sure whether a story about a Berlin policeman by an English author would work. I was very wrong! What Savarin has done is to give us something very different. Perhaps the perpective of a non-German allows him to go deep into his characters from a very different angle, which is exciting, and refreshing. Savarin appears to have been the first writer outside Germany to do this with a police series. But this is no ordinary police series. Hauptkommissar Müller is a Graf, but does not like using the title. Müller is self-contained, reserved, but with a highly incisive mind. He is unconventional, but he gets results. He wears Armani, but never wears a tie if he can help it. He has a ponytail, and he wears an earring. His boss, the conservative-minded Polizeidirektor Kaltendorf, is unnerved by that earring, hates him and at the same time, feels inferior to him. This makes Kaltendorf hate him even more. Müller¿s sidekick Pappenheim, a chain-smoking oberkommissar, has a very sharp brain hidden behind his rotund exterior. Pappenhem¿s clothes always look as if he has slept in them. He is totally loyal to Müller, and has a sly way of standing up to Kaltendorf without being openly insubordinate. Pappenheim is also a mine of information. He has contacts everywhere ¿ even in places technically outside the law ¿ and he uses these to his and Müller¿s advantage. As a team, they are seemingly unbeatable. This drives Kaltendorf, who wants to see them fail, to distraction. Savarin¿s stories are full of memorable characters ¿ too many to set down here. Even those who make brief appearances, remain in the mind. We learn why Kaltendorf ¿ a political player ¿ is the way he is; that Müller lost his parents at the age of twelve, under very mysterious circumstances; that the chain-smoking Pappenheim lost his beloved wife to cancer; that Müller¿s aunt Isolde, a Baroness, has turned the shell of her home ¿ rescued from the old DDR ¿ into a schlosshotel; that the Baroness herself has many secrets; and many, many more that make up these dark, and deeply engrossing stories. Then there is Carey Bloomfield, first seen as a journalist, who turns out to be an American intelligence agent, shadowing Müller for her own reasons. Each book has its own delights. In ROMEO SUMMER ¿ the second ¿ a retired DDR Romeo is the target for assassination. In his new life, he captain¿s a beautifully-converted Rhine barge as a luxury cruise ship. The beauty of Savarin¿s books is that their themes are original and unexpected, and there are several currents within the stories. We begin to realise with each book, that there is an underlying plot in all this: Müller¿s continuing quest to find out the truth about his parents ¿ which will shock him to the core; and the shadowy people who are determined he should never find out, and whose plans for Germany are terrifying. Savarin¿s stories go deep into the German psyche. In the latest that I have read ¿ the third book, WINTER AND THE GENERAL ¿ part of the story involves a group of SS men in the terrible snows of Stalingrad, which has echoes in the present. His description of what these men go through almost makes one believe he was there at the time, so realistically does he detail the events. His locations are faultless. The stories also go beyond the provincial. This is a series with German heroes that is international. Savarin paints word pictures, which makes this a powerful series ripe to be made into film. And when do we get the German version? There is a large pool of German readers waiting to meet Müller and Pappenheim. I have recently seen that much is being made abo