Nele Neuhaus is one of the most widely read German mystery writers, and the author of SNOW WHITE MUST DIE and BAD WOLF. More than four million copies of her books are currently in print. She lives near Frankfurt, Germany.
Police Detective Pia Kirchhoff is about to leave on her long-delayed honeymoon when she receives a phone call regarding incidents of eerily similar murders. Two women are killed by a bullet fired from the same weapon. None of the victims had enemies and no one knows why they were singled out. As fear of the Taunus Sniper grows among the local residents, the pressure rises on Detective Kirchhoff. She and her partner, Oliver von Bodenstein, search for a suspect who appears to murder at will.
Ninety-two-year-old Jossi Goldberg, a Holocaust survivor and an American citizen, is found shot to death execution-style in his house near Frankfurt. The autopsy reveals an old and unsuccessfully covered tattoo on the body’s arm --- a blood type marker once used by Hitler's SS. Two more, similar murders happen, and slowly the connections between the victims become 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.
As two grisly murder cases collide, Inspectors Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein dig deep into the past and underneath the veneer of bourgeois society to come up against a terrible secret that is about to impact their personal lives as well. In Nele Neuhaus' second U.S. publication of her popular series, tensions run high, and a complex and unpredictable plot propels her characters forward at breakneck speed.
When a woman falls from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath, detectives Pia Kirchoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to the scene. The investigation leads them to the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. Eleven years earlier, two girls vanished from the village without a trace. Rita's son was sentenced to 10 years in prison but is now back in his hometown. Pia and Oliver wonder if the attack on his mother had to do with his return.