Zugzwang (a short story)

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Germany, March 1933. Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party have swept into power. In Munich, Kommissar Saxon of the civilian police force is hunting a brutal killer that stalks the streets of the city. But the shadow of the Schutzstaffel (SS) hangs over Saxon and his assistant, making their task close to impossible.
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About JJ Toner

Full time writer since 2007. So far (2022) I have published two Irish detective thrillers, six historical fiction spy novels, two young adult science fiction books, and a substantial number of short stories: I live in Ireland with my wife and youngest son under a giant copper beech tree.

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About the Series: Kommissar Saxon
Hampered at every turn by the SS and Gestapo, an experienced police detective in pre-war Munich battles to do his job. Maintaining a normal home life is tricky too, as his wife and child are Jewish.

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Reviews of Zugzwang (a short story) by JJ Toner

paulsz reviewed on May 31, 2015

This is the first book I have read by this author and it certainly will not be the last. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of police procedural stories, especially those with a historical perspective.
The story is well constructed. For a relatively short story it contains many twists and turns. The characters are well defined. The setting of the novel in Germany at the start of the Third Reich adds to the drama.
I found myself hooked from the start and did not want to put the book down until I had finished it. I would enjoy reading more about the main characters and seeing how their lives unfold in the years that follow.
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Solon Hosophos reviewed on April 20, 2015

A wonderfully crafted World War 2 crime story.
Hitler just became Chancellor and the SS is in the process of gaining power.
On this background a Munich police Officer with no relation to the Nazi party is in charge of an investigation of a serial murder case. The SS is pushing and doing it's pieces to get the result they want.
That the officer just became father does not help, but one simply have to admire him and his clever family!
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