The Ice Queen

The Ice Queen

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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The body of 92-year-old Jossi Goldberg, Holocaust survivor and American citizen, is found shot to death execution style in his house near Frankfurt. A five-digit number is scrawled in blood at the murder scene. The autopsy reveals an old and unsuccessfully covered tattoo on the corpse's arm--a blood type marker once used by Hitler's SS. Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver Bodenstein are faced with a riddle. Was the old man not Jewish after all? Who was he, really? Two more, similar murders happen--one of a wheelchair-bound old lady in a nursing home, and one of a man with a cellar filled with Nazi paraphernalia--and slowly the connections between the victims becomes evident: All of them were lifelong friends with Vera von Kaltensee, baroness, well-respected philanthropist, and head of an old, rich family that she rules with an iron fist. Pia and Oliver follow the trail, which leads them all the way back to the end of World War II and the area of Poland that then belonged to East Prussia. No one is who they claim to be, and things only begin to make sense when the two investigators realize what the bloody number stands for, and uncover an old diary and an eyewitness who is finally willing to come forward.

Nele Neuhaus's The Ice Queen is a character- and plot-driven mystery about revenge, power, and long-forgotten and covered up secrets from a time in German history that still affects the present.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2015
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781466836914
1466836911
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Murray, Steven T. - Translator

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JWRenkema
Aug 23, 2017

Many characters in a slow starting story but once it takes off , I could not put it down. Definitely a recommended read for the folks who like a good crime story, along with WW2 history.

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maipenrai
Nov 06, 2016

The third book in the Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein series. FIRST IN THE TRANSLATED SERIES.

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DonnaMeness
Oct 30, 2016

Great story, complete with various multifaceted twists in the plot.

An reoccurring theme regarding the spoils of war....that killers would reinvent themselves & take over the identity & lives of those they killed.

It reminds us that those commit the greatest harm don't always stay in the dark.

Hint: German Reich tattoos

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Doris527
Nov 05, 2015

A real page turner with so many twists and turns I had to put down occasionally to digest what was happening. Why do Jewish men have SS Nazi tattoos on their arms? Read and find out for yourself!! Very good book

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posie12
Apr 03, 2015

Good, but you almost need a scorecard to keep track.

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emerge
Mar 06, 2015

This is a great series following German detectives Pia Kirchoff & her boss Oliver Bodenstein.
Book #3 delves into the past of four elderly people after 2 are killed execution style, in quick succession. They all lived through WW11 & had ties to Nazi activity but it's not clear which side they were on.
Pia & Oliver are hampered by powerful individuals inside the police force & out. Someone wants to expose the victims' history but they are equally matched by those that want it to remain secret.
It's fast paced, intricately plotted & full of red herrings. As clues are uncovered, you find yourself shifting from one character to another as the possible "bad guy".
Pia & Oliver are both dealing with changes in their personal lives but this never overwhelms the main plot line. They've been working together for a couple of years now & the horrific fallout from these murders as well as office politics only cements their partnership.
Great fast paced read that will keep you guessing.

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