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Review: The End of Law


The End of Law
A Novel of Hitler’s Germany
By Therese Down

Berlin, 1933: as Hitler rises to power, the law – designed to protect and serve – becomes twisted to the will of those who dream of a pure Aryan race. SS Officer Walter Gunther is intensely loyal to the Third Reich. His readiness to kill without question or remorse would seem to make him the ideal candidate to lead the T4 euthanasia program. SS Officer Karl Muller, a trainee doctor and engineer, is also brought into the program, and assured that his work is consistent with the Hippocratic oath he’s due to take. Their mandate: to kill the “unworthies” – not just the jews but crippled children, the mentally ill, and homosexuals. Hedda, Walter’s wife and an old acquaintance of Karl, has no idea of what their work entails. Until, that is, the fate of their families is at stake, and each must confront afresh the choices they have made. This dark, tense novel is a compelling story of human tragedy, and man’s potential to revel in, or fight against, the evil actions of a corrupted nation. 

Therese Down has taught English language and literature for over 20 years. She is also author of Only With Blood: A Novel of Ireland and lives in Worcestershire. 

My Thoughts: I’m normally a huge fan of historical fiction. However I tend to not be as enthusiastic about ones based on atrocities such as WW2. Often times it is simplified and there is a clear right and wrong, which of course isn’t the case in the actual event for many reasons. That being said if you’re looking for a great suspense novel End of Law is for you. The main characters are people you’ll be rooting for the whole way, and the whole setting is well written. If you like A Thousand Shall Fall or Suicide Pact you’ll love The End of Law. 


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