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Children of Wrath

Children of Wrath

A Novel

Willi Kraus Series (Volume 2)

Paul Grossman

St. Martin's Griffin

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Willi Kraus, the celebrated WWI and detective, returns in this prequel story about how he became the most famous Jewish Detective in Germany in the days of the Weimar Republic

In Paul Grossman's Children of Wrath Willi Kraus tackles the case of the Kinderfresser, the vicious Child-Eater of Berlin. Turning the clock back two years from The Sleepwalkers, the story starts out in the fall of 1929, the last days of prosperity. Berlin is deep in the throes of a giddy rush to forget its troubled past. But the same day the stock market crashes in New York, the dark underside of the German capital flushes to the surface in the form of a burlap sack spewed by floodwaters from the city sewer system. When Willi is called to investigate and discovers the sack is full of children's bones with teeth marks on them--and a bible with a single phrase circled in red: children of wrath--he fears he's run into "something darker than he's ever known."

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BERLIN
OCTOBER 1929


"I'll teach you the meaning of respect—" The schoolmarm's whip sent shivers up Willi's legs. "Drop those drawers."
Below, the knickers-clad boys trembled as their instructor approached...

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Praise for Children of Wrath

“A riveting debut novel.” —The Boston Globe on The Sleepwalkers

“Powerfully captures the atmosphere of Berlin on the verge of Nazi takeover, the elegance and cultural brilliance amid the decadence, and the sense of impending doom.” —Library Journal, starred review on The Sleepwalkers

“A stunning debut. ” —MJ Rose on The Sleepwalkers

“A remarkable debut.” —David Liss on The Sleepwalkers

Roars through 1932 Berlin like a Messerschmitt fighter.” —Gregg Hurwitz on The Sleepwalkers

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Set in 1929, Grossman's brilliant second historical featuring Berlin policeman Willi Kraus (after 2010's The Sleepwalkers, which was set in 1932) finds Kraus already feeling the isolation of being a J - Publishers Weekly

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Paul Grossman

PAUL GROSSMAN is the critically acclaimed author of The Sleepwalkers and Children of Wrath. He is a long time teacher of writing and literature at the City University of New York.

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