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The Sleepwalkers

Fiction: Mystery / Thriller / Suspense
Unabridged   10 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/12/2010

A Kirkus Best Debut Fiction Pick
An NPR Best Mystery Pick

The Sleepwalkers

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Audio CD ISBN:9781615731053
Digital Download ISBN:9781615731060


A decorated Jewish detective solves a string of bizarre murders that brings him to the doorstep of the Third Reich.

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Product Description

During the final weeks of the Weimar Republic, a young woman washes up in the Havel River in picture-perfect Old Spandau. Bodies in rivers are hardly news in the chaos of 1932 Berlin, maddened by years of war, defeat, revolution, inflation, depravity, and now the Great Depression. But this one is different. Her dark hair is too short. Her wisdom teeth have been removed, something few German girls could afford. And her legs, dotted with suture marks, are bizarrely deformed, as if someone had taken giant pliers and turned them around inside her skin.

Willi Kraus is a decorated soldier and Germany’s most celebrated Jewish detective, thanks to his recent success at nabbing a monstrous child killer. Sent to investigate the floater, his search leads him into a German underworld he hardly recognizes. A princess goes missing, a hypnotist has dark secrets to hide, and a new power is ushering in the tides of change: the Third Reich.


“Brims with quiet tension . . . A well-done historical piece.”

“Grossman juggles these multiple genres without ever letting the pace slow.”
      —Library Journal [starred review]

“Surrounded by the dramatic events of the Nazi rise to power, it takes on added heft and a relentless drive. A solid thriller set amid riveting historical events in the seedy underbelly of a city—and a world—slowly going mad.”

Author Bio

PAUL GROSSMAN is a professor of English at Hunter College in New York. He has been a freelance journalist for many years with published articles in major magazines such as Vanity Fair and Details. He had a highly successful Actor’s Equity reading of his first stage play, The Pariah, last June at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan, a drama about Hannah Arendt and the Adolf Eichmann war-crimes trial, which is currently in the hands of the Perry Street Theater Company for production development. This is his debut novel.

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