A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin

A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin

The Chilling True Story of the S-Bahn Murderer

Book - 2014
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Describes the true story of a Nazi party member and serial killer who attacked women riding on trains at night in World War II-era Berlin.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780425264140
0425264149
Characteristics: xxii, 294 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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Y5_svn
Nov 16, 2016

I agree with other reviewers that the writing style is a bit dry, but the info about practicalities of life for Berlin's residents during wartime was really interesting and not found elsewhere. Of particular curiosity is the paradox that the Nazis were killing, oh, millions of people at that moment yet had a hard time finding one murderer in plain sight. It's a bit grisly, but if you have been or plan to be in Berlin you will probably find it quite intriguing.

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GlenAbbeyWarrior
Oct 04, 2016

Good, but not great. While I found the sections dealing with press restrictions imposed by Nazi Germany that severely hindered police from arresting this serial killer, I wish more could have been devoted to the killer himself. Granted, information about him may be tough to come by, so the author relies of contemporary sources like John Douglas in attempting to put together this puzzle.

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loudem
Jul 23, 2016

Not written as a police or mystery novel, this book is rather a dull display of repeated actions: Train-Woman-Attack-Kicked out of the Train. Again, again and again. Really dull repetitions. The sameness throughout the book. There should have been more insight from the murderer, like going inside is head while doing these acts. So, not very well written. More 'spice' or 'drama' should have been incorporated. Good idea poorly executed.

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librarianatlarge
Jun 04, 2014

I have always been interested in stories about criminals who take advantage of exceptional circumstances to further their own ends, such as Erik Larson's excellent book Devil in the white city. The subject of this book, about a killer who used his position as a railway worker to attack women returning from their factory jobs, is quite interesting and the details of life in Berlin during the war are fascinating. However I found this author's writing style to be difficult to read. The writing is stilted and the tone quite pedantic. In the end, I found the writing so annoying that I gave up on the book.

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