Pale House is the second book in the Gregor Rinhardt historical crime fiction series by the author Luke McCallin. As Reinhardt stalls and progresses in his investigation, he again struggles to find the balance in his personal growth. This is well written and researched with some excellent notes to help illustrate the novel. With many lives at stake, including his own, and the German army in full retreat, he must decide how far he is willing to go to see justice done. An excellent historical thriller which is a pleasure to read and I cannot recommend it highly enough. He discovers a conspiracy using the details of German soldiers to protect some of the terrible men who have been in the Ustase. While retreating through Yugoslavia with the rest of the army, Reinhardt witnesses a massacre of civilians by the dreaded Ustaše—only to discover there is more to the incident than anyone believes.
But there are those who seek to continue the fight beyond the battlefield. Note that this one has serious spoilers for book one, so be sure to read that one first. All this is illustrated in this excellent thriller, as we The Pale House — A Return to Sarajevo Luke McCallin returns to his Gregor Reinhardt character in The Pale House, his follow up to The Man From Berlin. I found the characters fairly easy to enjoy and Captain Gregor Reindhart was a very strong, likeable character. He is sent to investigate when bodies are found in the forest which leads him into the murky world of the Ustase, Partisans and a penal battallion. A Gregor Reinhardt Novel Book 2 German intelligence officer Captain Gregor Reinhardt has just been reassigned to the Feldjaegerkorps — a new branch of the military police with far-reaching powers. Il sait qu'il n'est pas seul, même si la trahison est omniprésente dans ses rangs et ceux de ses amis.
This second novel in the series about the German soldier who had been a police detective before the Nazis took over. Ultimately, McCallin keeps in mind and reminds us that no matter what plot he chooses to throw in his path, Reinhardt, and Reinhardt alone, remains the heart of the story. There is a distinct continuity from one book to the next that bears taking into account. German intelligence officer Captain Gregor Reinhardt has just been reassigned to the Feldjaegerkorps—a new branch of the military police with far-reaching powers. No witty remarks à la Bernie Gunther here, no action-oriented former cop with a clear goal. His first assignment takes Gregor to Sarajevo to oversee the retreat of the German army through Yugoslavia.
And his search for the truth may kill him before he ever finds it. On the way in to the City Captain Reinhardt discovers burnt bodies and mutilated by whom he has no idea, but one has a piece of German Uniform in his hand, are these German soldiers. Reinhardt may not be able to be the hero who will save the world and achieve greatness and renown but he will be his own hero where he knows he can be. The Ustase were not an effective fighting force, but were excellent at mass killing. His position separates him from the friends and allies he has made in the last two years, including a circle of fellow dissenting Germans who formed a rough resistance cell against the Nazis. And why wouldn't it be? Transferred to a Feldjaeger unit he finds himself investigating an increasing number of murders in Sarajevo all seemingly linked.
The war is drawing to an end and the partisans are in the process of driving the Germans and Croatian Ustashe out. And now, Reinhardt will have to fight them once more. War-time is a time that brings out extremes. Where his character came from…? He acts shady, responds shady, breathes shady and yet we can't help but wish Reinhardt would find a trustworthy partner - one that could live. Will this be the opportunity to at least do something useful against the despicable regime that threw millions in this war? With his life in danger Reinhardt knows he has to carry on to a conclusion and follow it through to the end. Max Benfeld, Reinhardt investigates the site as a crime scene employing what remained of his past police skills.
This was, in fact, my mindset when I started to read the book. I intend to pick up book one, and follow Reinhardt into book three. This is a clever, intelligent novel, one to be taken slowly and savoured and one which has much of value to say, not least about the legacy of brutality and human injustice. Luckily, if you are in search of a particular handbook or ebook, you will be able to find it here in no time. There is more to Gregor than would meet the eyes, and this was when I really wished I had read the first book in the series before picking up The Pale House.
What he sees is the Ustase trying to cover their tracks which makes him more suspicious of what is going on amongst the Ustase and the Penal Battalion. If there's one thing that defines Reinhardt, it is that he is a loner, whether it is because he wants it or in spite of himself. And now, Reinhardt will have to fight them once more. While retreating through Yugoslavia with the rest of the army, Reinhardt witnesses a massacre of civilians by the dreaded Ustae—only to discover there is more to the incident than anyone believes. Luke McCallin was born in Oxford, grew up around the world and has worked with the United Nations as a humanitarian relief worker and peacekeeper in the Caucasus, the Sahel, and the Balkans. Because when it comes to death and betrayal, some people have long memories. Like the first Gregor Reinhardt book, this one is excellent.
He is issued with new orders and a transfer from Intelligence to the Feldjaegerkorps, a new branch of the military police with wide ranging powers. As the Nazi war machine is pushed back across Europe, defeat has become inevitable. While retreating through Yugoslavia with the rest of the army, Reinhardt witnesses a massacre of civilians by the dreaded Ustae—only to discover there is more to the incident than anyone believes. In the last throes Luke McCallin reintroduces us to the world of Captain Reinhardt in this second installment and it seems nothing has changed. As the Nazi war machine is pushed back across Europe, defeat has become inevitable. Once again this is a page turning thriller in which the truth will out even in chaos.
Overall The Pale House is a suspenseful novel with a rather complex plot. Just an ordinary guy fumbling to position himself once and for all in what was supposed to be his decisive resolution of book one. He just suffers from the perhaps unfair comparison to Reinhardt's previous partner. However, Dreyer believes that Jansky and his men may have something to do with the earlier massacre and a number of other murders. They were as vile--if not even more vile--than the Nazis. Once again we are getting a wonderfully written and researched book on a time when Sarajevo was in complete chaos just before she was liberated by the Partisans. And even if McCallin does continue with Reinhardt's struggling with his moral integrity and ambiguity, he makes it clear that a lot of things have changed in the space of a few years.
On the way in to the City Captain Reinhardt discovers burnt bodies and mutilated by whom he has no idea, but one has a piece of German Uniform in his hand, are these German soldiers. Et si quelques détails vous ont échappé au cours de la lecture, quelques notes en fin d'ouvrage mettent à niveau en perspective la vue d'ensemble historique. Reinhardt is now a member of the Feldjaegerkorps, an elite military police force entirely made up o It was a real pleasure for me when I opened the parcel containing this fine novel. Because when it comes to death and betrayal, some people have long memories. Sometimes shaped by events, sometimes able to shape them to him.