Behind the Berlin Wall a dissident is on the trail of a killer
1993. After forty years of communist rule it's time for change in the GDR.
Direct democracy, citizen's movements and de-centralization are part of the new political landscape.
But when a politician's crushed body is found a constitutional crisis erupts.
Former dissident, Martin Grobe, is caught up in an investigation that points towards the KGB, the Stasi and the West Germans—but is it really the start of a putsch against the new GDR, or just a murder?
Book 1 in the East Berlin Series
'Compelling' - Fiona Rintoul, author of The Leipzig Affair
'Believable and exciting' - Peace News
'Perfect atmosphere' - Peter Thompson, The Guardian
'An honest portrayal of a struggle to keep alive the dream of freedom, justice and equality.' - New Internationalist
About the Author
After the experience of the East German political upheaval in 1989/90 Max Hertzberg became a Stasi files researcher. Since then, he has also been a book seller and a social change trainer and facilitator. He is currently working on COLD ISLAND, a novel set in the near future of a post-Brexit UK (available autumn 2018) Visit the author’s website for background information on the GDR, features on this series and its characters, as well as guides to walking tours around the East Berlin in which these books are set. www.maxhertzberg.co.uk
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Insights in East German spy story overshadowed by didactic passages and convoluted conspiracy It's 1993 and East Germany (GDR), recently free from the grip of the Soviet Union, is experimenting with a socialist style of direct democracy. The country is struggling - economically, politically, even psychologically and it's citizens are doing their best to cope. Martin Grobe is sort of a cop, but without much authority. His job is to keep the new republic on course. How he and his colleagues do this is by attending a lot of meaningless meetings and talking philosophy. A minor official is found murdered. Why Grobe is sent to investigate is never clear. In fact quite a bit of Max Hertzberg's, Stealing the Future, An East German Spy Story is vague including the conspiracy theory behind the murder. However, if you're interested in the landmarks of East Berlin this story reads like a guidebook and there's some interesting history of what it was like to live in the German Democratic Republic while controlled by the Soviets and the difficulty it's citizens had in changing from a totalitarian regime, where you were told what to do and how to think, to democratic system where you must take control of your own destiny. There's some good characterization with realistic relationships and dialogue but overall the plot is plagued by didactic passages and the conspiracy that drives the narrative was beyond this reader's comprehension.