The freelance author Thomas Ziebula primarily writes fantasy and historical novels. In 2001 he was awarded the German Fantasy Writing Prize. Red Judas is his first crime novel and impressively unites Ziebula’s passion for German history and thrilling crime stories. The author lives with his family near Karlsruhe.
Leipzig, January 1920. Paul Stainer, a police officer, returns home from a POW camp. Germany is stumbling through the chaos of the post-war years; nothing is as it once was. At night, Stainer is often plagued by the memories of the horrors he faced in the trenches. Then a sensational case forces the detective to focus on the present.
Several people have been shot in the villa of a manufacturing magnate. Everything initially seems to indicate that a burglary has gone terribly wrong. But a frightened witness and a suitcase stuffed with documents open up new leads for Stainer that point to a mysterious “Operation Judas”. Its architects will stop at nothing to hide their crimes. What Inspektor Stainer doesn’t know is that the group is already planning his death…