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Summary

The stunning Second World War thriller from the celebrated Sunday Times best-selling author Simon Scarrow.

Berlin, December 1939

As Germany goes to war, the Nazis tighten their terrifying grip. Paranoia in the capital is intensified by a rigidly enforced blackout that plunges the city into oppressive darkness every night, as the bleak winter sun sets.

When a young woman is found brutally murdered, criminal Inspector Horst Schenke is under immense pressure to solve the case, swiftly. Treated with suspicion by his superiors for his failure to join the Nazi Party, Schenke walks a perilous line - for disloyalty is a death sentence.

The discovery of a second victim confirms Schenke's worst fears. He must uncover the truth before evil strikes again.

As the investigation takes him closer to the sinister heart of the regime, Schenke realises there is danger everywhere - and the warring factions of the Reich can be as deadly as a killer stalking the streets.... 

©2021 Simon Scarrow (P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Limited

Critic reviews

"Taut and chilling - I was completely gripped." (Anthony Horowitz) 

"A wonderfully compelling thriller, reeking of authenticity, and a terrific depiction of the human world within the chilling world of the Third Reich." (Peter James) 

"Pivotal moments in history; utterly authentic characters; a gripping plot. The perfect way to bring history alive." (Damien Lewis)

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Like Foyles War only in Berlin!

Another fantastic offering from Scarrow. Indepth and great attention to detail. Superb characters look forward to the next from Schenke and Co.

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Good stuff

Thoroughly enjoyable. It rattles along at a good pace with a suitably compromised but brilliant cop at the head of a team fighting criminals and sometimes the state. It’s a classic premise really but very well done.

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Standard murder story, unusual setting

The story itself (outsider detective given difficult case only to crack it despite interference from above) is pretty standard and unremarkable, with most of the characters fitting into cookie-cutter roles. What makes ‘Blackout’ different is the setting, a 1939 Berlin largely untouched (yet) by the war it seems to be winning. Can anyone really search for the guilty when the Party will decide who will be blamed? Who do you fear most, the villains of your own side, and is there a difference? A well-told tale with plenty of detail of life in the Reich, mixing historical figures with fictional.

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excellent

Great story well read. a gripping read my first crime book in a while and I hope he writes more.

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A fantastic debut thriller for Simon. Thoroughly enjoyed the plot and the characters were excellent. I loved the narrator he made the story interesting and the tension built all the way through. Finished it in two days. Hope to have more as throughly enjoyed it

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Atmospheric and absorbing

Another fantastically crafted novel from Simon Scarrow, it’s unusual backdrop and choice of protagonist add depth to a well paced plot. I sincerely hope this is the first in a new series of books as I would love to see these characters develop with the continuing events of WW2 and the further rise and eventual fall of the Third Reich.

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loyal fan

historical fiction is my main interest, but before the 20th century. I have very many of simons' novels and so bought this new departure of his. the narration is good but no German accents made it often unbelievable, the story is good and the characters blend and adjust to each other, but I could watch frost, morse, or too many other police programmes for the same result, I wouldn't buy a follow up.

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Well written, thought provoking and I hope a sequel is being considered by the author

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great audio book will order more in future and cheap price great work keep it going

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Gripping and well told

Loved this.

Have read / listened to many of the Author's previous series, and hope this is the first in a new one.

Set in a period which always gives the opportunity for a great story, this did not disappoint.

Would recommend 100%