A blind punt taken on a couple from unknown (to me at least) author Max Hertzberg...
Before becoming a full-time author of fiction in 2015, I variously worked as:
- a Stasi and SED (East German Communist Party) files archivist – mostly evaluating and processing records of the opposition movements in the GDR as well as security issues on the Berlin Wall;
- a co-operative development worker;
- and a book seller.
Stasi Vice (2018)
Lieutenant Reim of the Stasi is keen to avoid trouble.
Reim enjoys his life in East Berlin and sees no need for his days behind a desk and nights in front of the bottle to change.
But when a senior officer has a messy affair, it falls to Reim to do the clearing up.
It should be a straightforward job. Lean on a few people to get them to shut up. Intimidate neighbours, bribe officials and appeal to the socialist conscience of Party members. But when Reim starts his interrogations, he realises his boss is hiding more than just a lover.
Lieutenant Reim begins to investigate his superior—and what he uncovers puts his own life at risk.
If Raymond Chandler had lived in East Berlin, this is the book he would have written
Operation Oskar (2019)Lieutenant Reim of the Stasi is down in the dumps. Literally.
Sent to Schoneiche landfill site on a punishment assignment, Reim soon discovers Soviet soldiers searching the tip for porn, Westerners smuggling cigarettes and a truck driver with something to hide.
Determined to find out more, Reim is soon caught up in a case that takes him over the Berlin Wall to the capitalist West. But when the KGB and the British occupation forces in Berlin take an interest, Reim begins to question whether Operation Oskar is worth risking his life for.
Reim #2, the sequel to Stasi Vice - perfect for fans of David Young, Philip Kerr and Alex Gerlis