Straight into Darkness

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AS NIGHT DESCENDS,
A KILLER AWAKENS
With ten consecutive New York Times bestsellers, Faye Kellerman is truly a "master of mystery" (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Now she turns her acute eye on 1920s Munich, a war-wounded city rocked by political agitation and stalked by a nameless, barbaric butcher.

Lustmord-the joy of murder. The terrifying concept seems apt for the brutal slaying of a beautiful young society wife...

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Overview

AS NIGHT DESCENDS,
A KILLER AWAKENS
With ten consecutive New York Times bestsellers, Faye Kellerman is truly a "master of mystery" (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Now she turns her acute eye on 1920s Munich, a war-wounded city rocked by political agitation and stalked by a nameless, barbaric butcher.

Lustmord-the joy of murder. The terrifying concept seems apt for the brutal slaying of a beautiful young society wife dumped in the vast English Garden. Homicide inspector Axel Berg is horrified by the crime...and disturbed by the artful arrangement of the victim's clothes and hair-a madman's portrait of death.

Berg's superiors demand quick answers and a quick arrest: a vagrant, the woman's husband, anyone who can be demonized will do. When a second body is discovered, the city erupts into panic, the unrest fomented by the wild-eyed, hate-mongering Austrian Adolf Hitler and his Brownshirt party of young thugs.
Berg can trust no one as he relentlessly hunts a ruthless killer, dodging faceless enemies and back-alley intrigue, struggling to bring a fiend to justice before the country-and his life-veer straight into darkness.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594830433
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Publication date: 8/22/2005
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 5.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Faye  Kellerman
FAYE KELLERMAN is the author of the bestselling Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novels, as well as a thriller, Moon Music, and a historical novel, The Quality of Mercy. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jonathan Kellerman, and their children.

Biography

It's tempting to compare Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus to Dashiell Hammett's classic crime-solving couple, Nick and Nora Charles. But Faye Kellerman's duo, who debuted in 1983, bear more resemblance to her own husband-wife dynamic with fellow bestselling thriller author Jonathan Kellerman. Decker is an L.A. cop; wife Rina is an Orthodox Jewish mom who gets very involved in her husband's work. The series comes with a love story built in, since in the first title, Ritual Bath, Lazarus is a witness meeting Detective Decker for the first time. Over the next dozen-odd novels, the two fall in love, get married, have children and solve crimes along the way.

Kellerman, who was inspired by her husband to begin writing, is also the author of Moon Music, a contemporary thriller set in Las Vegas, and The Quality of Mercy, a historical novel of Elizabethan England. Fans needn't worry, however, that Kellerman is going to abandon the pair she is best known for. "I never tire of them," Kellerman says in an interview on her publisher's web site of Decker and Lazarus. "I like them very much, but to keep them fresh is the main reason why I have two 'outside-the-series' or 'stand alone' books. Once in a while you have to sit back and gain some perspective on these people that you are writing about year after year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Beverly Hills, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 31, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Mathematics, 1974; D.D.A., 1978

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Should have stayed in usa pages of thank you to dies not make this germany

    Writers often run out of steam this was flat i just read it far from the date of publication obvious i have been reading much earlier published books skipped through when i couldnt get through the first chspters a trick for book reviewing lst paragraph from every other chapter plus last chapter if you find yourself going back and reading a chapter all is not a loss unless you paid and not a library book ma 86

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2006

    Nice change of pace for Faye

    I have read all of Faye Kellerman's Rina/Decker series and enjoyed every one. But, what a nice change of pace this read is. Not only do we get some nice juicy murders, but they happen amid the backdrop of the ground swell of Hitler's Germany. The detail is wonderful, putting the reader right in 1929 Munich with all its hatred, passion and chaos. I look forward to the next Rina/Decker episode, but what a joy to have such a marvelous alternative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2005

    Ends too quickly

    This was an excellent treatment of the period (1929) in Munich, Germany, with all the recognizable characters involved in the political turmoil of the times. The protagonist is a likeable, believable police homicide inspector who is under extreme pressure to solve an escalating series of murders. Unfortunately for him, political considerations get in the way, and for a member of the Munich police force who disagrees with the rising Nazi party and its head, Adolph Hitler, life becomes increasingly more difficult. He plods along with investigation throughout most of the book, but then, like a one hour television show that must wrap up the drama at the end, the culprit is discovered, the protagonist killed and the book ends. There was absolutely no need to hurry the ending and the death of the inspector makes no sense. So, all in all, it was a satisfying read, but would have been superb with a longer ending that was understandable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2005

    A NUMBING, TRUTHFUL STORY SUPERBLY READ

    Once more, Faye Kellerman returns to her tried and true thriller ways but with a difference. Her setting is no longer contemporary but the 1920s in Munich. It is a city on the cusp of despair - Hitler is preaching hatred, and his troops roam the city laying to waste the innocent. It was lustmord - the joy of murder. Described by the author as perhaps her attempt to comprehend the inconceivable, 'Straight Into Darkness' may also affect listeners in the same way. Especially when the terrifying tale is given a dynamite performance by actor Paul Michael. Many will remember him for his superb reading of 'The Da Vinci Code.' With leading TV roles to his credit, Michael's voice reflects the frustrations in the protagonist's personal life, his initial horror at a heinous crime, and his eventual fear. Homicide inspector Axel Berg is sickened by the dead body of a lovely young socially prominent woman. She has been left in the English Garden with hair and clothes so carefully arranged that one knows the killer is deranged. Considering the state of near chaos Munich is in Berg's wife wants him to quit so that their family can escape the city. Nonetheless, the case is assigned to him and he feels duty-bound to investigate. Before he can make any headway at all the body of a second woman is discovered- it seems clear a psychotic serial killer is on the loose. Any links between the two women escape him. His superiors are edgy, demanding an arrest, anything to appease a restless, frightened population. When a man is beaten to death on the street and more murders occur, it seems that Berg himself is at risk and his investigation stymied. Kellerman has crafted a numbing, truthful story of a black time in the world's history. - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2005

    Extraordinary Achievement

    I truly enjoyed this mystery. Of particular note, is the 1920s atmosphere in Germany. Knowing the events that followed subsequently, produced a constant tension throughout the scenes coupled with the mystery itself. This was deftly done. Read this book for the mood setting, the great plotting and the cast of characters. And if you like period pieces with mystery and suspense then do yourself a favor and buy a copy of the spectacular novel 'Anna's Trinity' by Howard Cobiskey as well. It ranks as one of the best I have ever read in my life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2005

    Run, don't walk to get this book!

    This book is the very best of history and criminal investigation, I could not put it down! Faye Kellerman at her very best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2005

    DISAPPOINTING

    I AM A GREAT FAN OF FAYE KELLERMAN , I HAVE BEEN WATCHING FOR HER LATEST BOOK TO COME ON THE MARKET, I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO THE RENA AND BECKER SERIES , I HAVE NEVER BEEN DISAPOINTED BEFORE , I JUST HOPE THAT SHE WILL GO BACK TO WHAT SHE IS BEST AT .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2005

    Not her best

    I've enjoyed all of Faye Kellerman's books up to this point. I felt the story as presented was too jumbled and lacked focus. I didn't get any feeling of where I was in time and simply could not find any connection with the main character. This is probably due to a lack of information about the character of pre-WWII Germany. The author skimmed it but one really needed another book to set up the whole situation. I applaud her attempt however.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2005

    Nail Chewing Drama

    I can appreciate Mrs. Kellerman¿s inspiration to pen 'Straight Into Darkness'. Her father's real-life role, in the saga of World War II-era Germany, while he was there serving in the U.S. army had a lot to do with this. The main character Axel Berg is caught in the hysteria of pre-Hitler Munich, fending off the rising anti-Semitic nightmare that would soon dominate modern Germany, and struggling to solve the murder of the character Anna Gross at the same time. Eventually it is uncovered that there is a serial killer afoot as more corpses appear and the chase is on. It unfolds with the drama of the rising tide of the Nazi Germany. This is an on the edge of your seat drama and it well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2005

    Better than her Peter/Rina series

    I have been a fan of Faye Kellerman's Peter/Rina Decker series but with this book she breaks out of 'mystery' and into 'literature'. This is so much more than just a whodunnit. She paints a vivid and terrifying vision of Germany between the Wars and brings it to life. I read this in 2 days and handed it to a friend who is also enjoying it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2005

    I hit the literary lottery!

    I recently bought 3 books and they were all great. I loved 'Straight into Darkness'. It kept me glued to the pages. I can't say enough. The other two were also fantastic. Get A YEAR SINCE YESTERDAY and TOO WILDE TO TAME for a great threesome.

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