The Air Raid Killer (Max Heller, Dresden Detective, #1) by Frank Goldammer

The Air Raid Killer (Max Heller, Dresden Detective, #1)

As the Third Reich ends, a killer’s game begins.In the final days of the Third Reich, with the historic city of Dresden on the brink of destruction, terrifying rumors spread about the Fright Man, a demonic killer who exploited the cover of a nighttime air raid siren to mutilate and kill a young nurse. Just as seasoned detective Max Heller begins investigating, the Fright Man kills again…The investigation seems hopeless. Desperate refugees flo...


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TitleThe Air Raid Killer (Max Heller, Dresden Detective, #1)
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Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherAmazonCrossing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Fiction, War
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Reviews The Air Raid Killer (Max Heller, Dresden Detective, #1)

  • Claudia
    1970-01-01
    Kleine Anmerkung zum Autor und kleine Rezi.Falls ihr das Buch mal irgendwo liegen seht, klappt doch einfach mal den Innendeckel auf. Ich war positiv überrascht. Dieser Autor im Buch hat nichts mit dem Krawattenträger hier auf GR gemeinsam. :)Das Buch ist außerordentlich spannend. Ein Phantom schleicht nachts durch die Straßen Dresdens auf der Jagd nach jungen Frauen. Es ist der letzte Kriegswinter 1945 und in Dresden ahnt man noch nicht, was ...
  • Leslie
    1970-01-01
    This is a book you cannot put down. Set in Dresden Germany in the waning days of WW2, Max Heller is a WWI veteran, police detective and non political. He is married he has two sons who are serving in the Army, a wife and a small apartment. He also has a brutal killer, The Fright Man, who is mutilating women and leaving their bodies displayed. He has to over come incompetent colleagues, political forces, shortages and ever changing priorities to t...
  • Buchdoktor
    1970-01-01
    An einem düsteren Novembertag des Jahres 1944 wird in Dresden in einer Bootshalle die brutal zugerichtete Leiche einer jungen Frau gefunden. Kriminalinspektor Max Heller kämpft zu dieser Zeit beinahe auf verlorenem Posten; zahlreiche Mitarbeiter sind zur Wehrmacht eingezogen und seinem einzigen Spezialisten für Spurensicherung steht der Marschbefehl an die Front kurz bevor. Die Menschen ahnen das bevorstehende Kriegsende und fürchten zugleich...
  • Cari
    1970-01-01
    The Air Raid Killer was my Kindle First selection for the month of April 2018. What an awesome mashup of crime/suspense and historical fiction! Taking place in the city of Dresden towards the end of World War II, the impending defeat of the Third Reich created a sense of urgency and chaos that really set the stage for murder and mayhem. As Russian boots marched deeper into the Rhineland, the Nazi party clung desperately to their control and power...
  • KruemelGizmo
    1970-01-01
    Dresden 1944: Kriminalinspektor Max Heller jagt in den Wirren des letzten Kriegswinter einen grausamen Frauenmörder, der die ganze Bevölkerung in Angst und Schrecken versetzt. Sein Vorgesetzter hat sich schnell eine Meinung über den Täter gebildet und legt Heller bei seinen Ermittlungen Steine in den Weg. Im Feuersturm der Bombennacht am 13. Februar 1945 kommt es zum dramatischen Höhepunkt...Der Angstmann aus der Feder von Frank Goldammer sc...
  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    1970-01-01
    Finished reading: April 12th 2018 "How does anyone really know what someone's capable of?" *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and AmazonCrossing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[I stumbled upon this title during my hunt for more international authors/translations and I was immediately intrigued both by the cover and the blurb. I admit I had forgotten about the exact content of the stor...
  • Michael
    1970-01-01
    This is an historical crime thriller set in Dresden, Germany in the weeks leading up to the infamous firebombing that destroyed the city in February of 1945. On a recent trip to Germany I got a chance to visit Dresden and explore the now rebuilt and restored city and so I was intrigued by the premise of this book. The book is structured chronologically and opens in November, 1944 when the mutilated body of a young woman is found. Police detective...
  • Sabine Kettschau
    1970-01-01
    Inhalt:Es beginnt November 1944. Max Heller, Kriminalinspektor in Dresden, wird an einen Tatort gerufen und sieht sich mit einem brutalen Frauenmörder konfrontiert, der sein Unwesen im kriegsgebeutelten Dresden treibt. Nicht genug, dass ein Mythos eines heulenden Monsters, der schnell die Rolle des Frauenmörders zugedacht bekommt und zusätzlich die zerbombten Straßen unsicher macht, hat sein Vorgesetzter mehr wie ein Auge auf Max und will ihm...
  • Kaisu
    1970-01-01
    Zeitlich gut recherchiert, aber inhaltlich und von den Figuren hats mich jetzt nicht wirklich vom Hocker gehaun. Kann man gut weglesen, einen Lesetipp würd ich aber nicht aussprechen.
  • Susanne
    1970-01-01
    Max Heller arbeitet bei der Kriminalpolizei in Dresden und soll einen schrecklichen Mord an einer jungen Frau aufklären. Doch Ende des Jahres 1944 gibt es in Dresden wichtigeres zu tun. Die Stadt wird von Flüchtlingen überschwemmt und die Ressourcen sind knapp. Selbst sein Vorgesetzter scheint daran interessiert zu sein, den Fall so schnell wie möglich ad acta zu legen. Heller ermittelt jedoch verbissen weiter - bis die Bomben fallen. Goldamm...
  • Ben
    1970-01-01
    What a Find!Thanks to Amazon for bringing this book out in English. " The Air Raid Killer " was nearly a non-stop reading experience for me: the plot was totally exciting and immersive.Yes, it is another serial killer book, but it is the scene of the horrid crimes that makes the difference. That and the character of the hero Max Heller, Detective of the Dresden Criminal police. That is Dresden, Germany, of May, 1945. The Russians are nearing the ...
  • Laura St.
    1970-01-01
    The Air Raid KillerThe mystery takes place against the backdrop of Dresden in the final days of WWII. It is a little slow to start, but the rich historical detail keeps the reader going. More than a mystery, this is a look into the thoughts, actions and beliefs of the average German, who was also a victim of Hitler and then of the hatred of the Soviets. It is important to see the German people in this light and from their own perspective, because...
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    This was an Amazon First book. It was the first on this list in several months that I immediately chose it and was excited to read. It was well written and captured my attention immediately. But it really did drag in a few spots. I know that Germany suffered during the last days of the war, but the bombing scene seemed to drag on forever. It was full of action and tension, but frankly I just wanted the story to continue.Goldammer did an excellent...
  • Juliana
    1970-01-01
    Fast-paced novel about serial murders in Dresden, Germany in the final months of WWII. The author skillfully described both life and death in the waning days of the Third Reich, while also managing to add to the horror as detective Max Keller attempts to solve a series of gruesome murders that no one really seems to want solved. Mr. Goldammer's description of Dresden on fire will remain with me for a long time. Great ending wrapped up a great boo...
  • The Irregular Reader
    1970-01-01
    Dresden, 1945, is a city on the edge. The Third Reich is in its (well deserved) death spiral, the Russians are encroaching to the east as American forces push through from the west, air raids are constant, and wartime rationing and an influx of refugees have left the city on the brink of starvation. Amidst all this chaos, a brutal killer stalks the streets. Max Heller is a Detective Inspector with the Dresden police, a man seeking justice in a co...
  • Wal.li
    1970-01-01
    TrügerischEnde 1944 in den Kriegswirren geschieht in Dresden ein Mord an einer jungen Frau. Sie wurde übelst zugerichtet. Kommissar Max Heller übernimmt die Ermittlungen. Er ist einer der wenigen, die noch normale Polizeiarbeit ausführen dürfen. Wegen einer Verletzung aus dem ersten Weltkrieg ist er nicht kriegstauglich. Doch er und seine Frau sorgen sich außerordentlich um die beiden Söhne, die an der Front kämpfen. Durch die häufigen B...
  • StefanieFreigericht
    1970-01-01
    Empfehlenswerter historischer Krimi mit dem bedrückenden Hintergrund in Dresden 1944-45Kriminalinspektor Max Heller ist ein Ermittler vom alten Schlag – routiniert, oft knurrig, wenig zu beeindrucken. Doch der Frauenmord, zu dem er gerufen wird, ist so grausam, dass er kaum an einen üblichen Täter glauben mag. Sein Vorgesetzter ist eher aus politischen Gründen im Amt und scheint eine einfache Lösung zu bevorzugen – aber das passt kaum mi...
  • Jena Henry
    1970-01-01
    Dark, troubling, suspenseful are the feelings evoked by this historical fiction/mystery book. Max Heller is a detective in Dresden. The story takes place in the final months of World War II. Dresden, once a city of beauty and culture, is now a grim place after 12 years of Nazi rule and worst is yet to come. While most people have given up, Max has stayed strong by trying to do the right thing. As he said at the end of the book, “I’m not on a ...
  • Patiscynical
    1970-01-01
    A serial killer in Nazi Germany...This book is about a serial killer in Dresden, at the end of world war two. While serial killing sounds redundant considering the holocaust and all, it was still an interesting story.Max Heller is a police detective trying to make it through the hardships at the end of the war when the first murder occurs. Working under dreadful conditions, dealing with a suspicious Nazi supervisor, and with no help because most ...
  • KayKay
    1970-01-01
    "The Air Raid Killer" was a mixed bag to me. The mystery about the air raid killer, named by the local German as the fright man, was the beginning of the search of the murderer of few brutal crimes. Something more insane and sinister was waiting for Detective Max Heller to uncover. The mystery plot was alright for the most part. There were some twists and turns but they hardly created any climaxes. To simply put, the mystery part was only satisfa...
  • Julia
    1970-01-01
    Inhalt Dresden im November 1944: Die Kriegsumstände erschweren das Leben in der Stadt und werden immer bedrohlicher. Da findet man die grausam zugerichtete Leiche einer Krankenschwester - und dabei bleibt es nicht. Schnell heißt es: Das ist der Angstmann, der nachts sein Unwesen treibt. Kriminalinspektor Max Heller hat bei der fieberhaften Suche nach dem Täter nicht nur mit den wilden Spekulationen und dem Kriegschaos zu kämpfen, sondern auch...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    Gripping Historical ThrillerThere are plenty of wartime novels and thrillers from the allied perspective but few from the German perspective. This novel while just a good mystery, also showcases the suffering of the common German citizen during the final months of WWII. Woven throughout is the insanity of the diehard Nazi propagandists, the average German just trying to survive, the realization that all is lost, the ethnic German refugees who no ...
  • Lisa
    1970-01-01
    Something a little bit different.I chose this book from this months kindle first selection, as there was something about it that intrigued me. It took some time for me to get into the story, but when i did I was hooked. The writer paints a graphic and often horrifically vivid pictutre of Dresden during this part of the war. I must admit that I have probably never really considered what it must have been really like for people the world over and t...
  • Lynn Perry
    1970-01-01
    Despite The Unlikely Bromance-like Partnering of German Police Officer & Russian Official To Catch A Killer In May 1945 And the adnauseum heroics of the duo, I did "enjoy" the book - and basically read it in one (long) sitting. My interest in the story, however, was due mainly to its setting, wartorn Dresden, and its depiction of the living conditions, pre-and-post Soviet occupation. The devastation of the city due to Allied bombing, and the mass...
  • Scott Resnik
    1970-01-01
    A gruesome serial killer stalks the ruins of war-torn Dresden. An interesting concept, not particularly well executed here. It was an easy read, but the plot seemed too contrived and at times veered into the ridiculous. The main character was a German police officer who was anti-Nazi? I don’t think such a animal existed, at least not by 1945. At times the novel was painfully tone deaf, the hero talking about the importance of upholding the law ...
  • Kirstin
    1970-01-01
    Ein historischer Krimi, der in Dresden 1944/45 spielt und die letzten Monates des Krieges sehr ueberzeugend schildert. Seine Beschreibungen der Bombardierung Dresdens im Februar 1945, idie Max Heller am eigenen Leibe miterlebt, haben mich ziemlich beruehrt und die Zerstoerung Dresdens ebenfalls. Max Heller und sein russischer ''Kollege'' Alexei Saizev sind sehr ueberzeugend geschrieben und ich konnte sogar Alexei's Handeln und seine extreme Gefue...
  • Debbi
    1970-01-01
    I was rather disappointed with the six choices for a free book through Amazon First this month and ended up taking this one and giving it 3.5 stars. Was much better than I expected. The German city of Dresden is facing the last days of WWII and police detective Max Heller has a psychopath carving up young women in horrendous ways. Heller's boss is a SS Nazi fanatic who doesn't like Max because he didn't join the Party let alone the SS. I like the...
  • Tony Giannattasio
    1970-01-01
    Very good thriller A very good German Noir thriller. Set amid the last days , thankfully , of the Third Reich, in Dresden. The protagonist is, of course, NOT a Nazi but is a homicide detective. This book kept me guessing to the end. It is also a book that brings the question of knowledge of the average German to the forefront and asks the question what does the average person do in the face of unmitigated evil. But it never gets in the way of an ...
  • Pat
    1970-01-01
    Dresden im November 1944: Die Bevölkerung leidet unter den immer bedrohlicher werdenden Kriegsumständen – da wird die grausam zugerichtete Leiche einer Krankenschwester gefunden. Schnell heißt es: Das war der Angstmann, der nachts durch die Stadt schleicht. Kriminalinspektor Max Heller hat bei der fieberhaften Suche nach dem Täter mit dem Kriegschaos zu kämpfen – aber auch mit seinem linientreuen Vorgesetzten. Und die Hoffnung, der Fraue...
  • Stanley Wheeler
    1970-01-01
    There were times that I wanted to quit reading this book. I'm glad I kept going. I liked it, just not as much as I had hoped that I would like it. Max Heller is a great character. I felt that Max's wife was much less significantly developed as a character. As for the other characters and the plot, I was sometimes confused about details--that could be my own fault. Well-written. Interesting description of the fire-bombing of Dresden. The book neve...