Praise for the Gregor Reinhardt Novels

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Many thanks to The Crime Book Club for this rather complimentary review!

Just when you think you know what is happening you are pulled in, but things are not as they seem! … this novel has so much depth and layers that I enjoyed peeling back. I think we generally feel that we know so much about that time in history, that when a novel is set during the war maybe there is a sense of ‘What more can you tell us?’, ‘What new angle can you bring to a well documented time in the past?’ This author has given a new angle and kept me turning the page.

Captain Gregor Reinhardt has to find a murderer, he has to fight corruption and his own internal agonies. McCallin has created a well rounded character list, all seem well rounded and well developed. Each individual has been well planned and I am sure the author knows each inside out! When Reinhardt feels the pressure so does the reader. I do hope we see a lot more of Reinhardt, he is a character that could go on forever. Please add this to your reading list for 2015, a great historical crime thriller that will keep you turning the page and uncovering the multiple layers of a well detailed and well researched novel.

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A great review from Ms. Lizzie Hayes at Promoting Crime Fiction

The world portrayed by the author is undoubtedly stark and brutal but then so was the reality if not more so. Equally realistic is the virtual absence of women apart from the vampish and manipulative (and dead) Marija. And so many of the names of the towns and cities – Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Goradze – have resonances beyond World War II to the Balkan wars of the 1990s which adds extra depth to the narrative. Reinhardt himself is a complex character: not only because of his immediate problems, but because he is still grieving for his beloved wife Carolin who died before the war and for his son Friedrich missing presumed dead at the siege of Stalingrad. 

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Lovely review from We Love Books–I think this is one of my first British reviews! Keep ’em coming, my British friends!

Captain Gregor Reinhardt’s wife is dead, his estranged son probably killed at the battle of Stalingrad, the Nazis are in power and he’s taken to drinking and flirting with suicide. Back in the army working in military intelligence in a dirty new war where all the rules seem to have changed, he’s suddenly tasked with investigating the murder of a German officer, one half of a double homicide, the other victim being a beautiful, much-loved Croatian journalist. When the Sarajevo police quickly drum up a politically convenient scapegoat for her murder, Reinhardt realises that investigating a homicide in the midst of this war is not going to be easy. Although the truth is out there, no one but him seems particularly keen to find it.

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I think this has to be one of my favourite reviews so far, and I’m so pleased a historical society gave it such a thumbs up. Accuracy was important to me in writing and researching this book:

This not-your-average murder mystery is set in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia in May, 1943… The author has an excellent sense of place. Descriptions of the Yugoslavian countryside are especially well done. Also, Reinhardt’s character is compelling, as complex and conflicted as the powers that surround him. None of the characters in the story is flat or stereotyped; it is a cast of very human personas locked in the vicious politics of wartime occupation.

Read the full review at the Historical Novel Society

‘Luke McCallin’s first novel The Man from Berlin (A Gregor Reinhardt Novel) is nothing if not ambitious. Set in the war torn Balkan capital of Sarajevo in 1943, Gregor Reinhardt is that most elusive literary contradiction: The good German wearing a Nazi uniform…

Because every surface appearance in the Balkans is deceptive, setting his novel there makes Luke McCallin’s maiden effort an even more notable achievement. Despite such potential pitfalls, the author has produced an extraordinarily nuanced and compelling narrative. His writing is always fluid and occasionally even poetic…

So how well does the author keep his hero one step ahead of the game? I interrupted a long-scheduled summer rereading of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy for a brief return to Bosnia with Captain Reinhardt. Both heroes and their protagonists turned out to be excellent, engaging company.’

Read the full review at the New York Journal of Books

Set in 1943 Sarajevo, McCallin’s well-wrought debut, the first in a new series, highlights the complexities of trying to be an honest cop under a vicious, corrupt regime. 

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Many thanks to Jim Tremlett for a great review, and one which made me see the book – and key parts of it – in a new light.

Saying that Luke McCallin’s debut novel is just an engrossing read is selling it short. The Man from Berlin presents a complex puzzle, filled with memorable characters with differing agendas, all coming together in an unforgettable investigation, worthy of comparison to Martin Cruz Smith and Alan Furst. It may start out a bit slow, as the pieces must be assembled and examined, but once the kubelwagen gets moving, I defy anyone who likes wartime mysteries to put it down. If anything, you’ll be joining me in looking forward to Captain Reinhardt’s next assignment.

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Thanks as well to all those at Goodreads who commented on the book after (mostly!) reading and enjoying it. Warms the heart, it does…!

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“In McCallin’s well-executed sequel to THE MAN FROM BERLIN, readers will find much to like.”
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“The hero and his personal and professional conflicts are well worth the effort.”

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