Book Review: The New Detective by Peter Steiner

December 5, 2023

About:

The New Detective by Peter Steiner takes place after World War I, when Willi Geismeier joins the German police force. Mr. Steiner is a novelist and award-winning cartoonist.

  • 192 pages
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Severn House
  • Language ‏ : English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : 1448306426

Book Review: The New Detective by Peter Steiner
My rating for The New Detective5

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Thoughts:

This is another exciting entry into the Willie Geismeier historical fiction crime series. The books revolve around the question of how people justify the bad things they do, or not even realize they’re wrong. Something that is very relevant in today’s world.

Even though this book takes place before the previous novels, The New Detective by Peter Steiner gives a new perspective on its protagonist. Willi is almost too good to be believed, and is never blinded by the prevailing winds of the society he lives in.

During the time the novel takes place, after World War I, before World War II, eugenics becomes an established science. This is the precursor to the Nazi regime’s excuse for genocide and the author shows how men of logic and science get trapped in false narratives.

The cases the “new detective” takes on link directly to the rise of nationalism, and the attempt of purification of German blood. The author makes use of police procedural and crime to explore the times and ideology which had lasting affects on the world and humanity.

Geismeier pushes against the grain, believing he’s right. We already know, however, that his attempts are futile. This was, for me, the interesting aspect of this book is that we root for Willi, knowing full well he’s going to fail. The German theory of the genetic superiority will prevail for a short time and the forces he’s up against are not interested in being challenged.

Synopsis:

Rookie detective Willi Geismeier barley survives World War I, and is back in the Munich police force. Willi finds himself investigating the rapid insurance fraud industry, drugs theft, and strange occurrences at the local jail which he thinks are all connected.

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Zohar — Man of la Book
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