Claudia Rikl was born in Naumberg, East Germany in 1972. She grew up there and was preparing to take her school-leaving exams when the Berlin Wall fell. This period of countless demonstrations, of churches filled to overflowing, this era of collapse and rejuvenation made a lasting impression on her. A jurist and literary scholar, she lives with her family in Leipzig.
A BROTHER WITHOUT A VOICE
A serene village in Mecklenburg is to be the final resting place of a powerful farming magnate in a hastily arranged burial. Chief Detective Michael Herzberg quickly becomes suspicious; the details just don’t add up. But the inhabitants of Lichtenfels refuse to speak about what’s happened.
No one seems to profit from the death of this prominent businessman, who was also a fervent Nazi. It’s only when Herzberg manages to talk to some of the village elders that the investigation makes any progress. As the Red Army moved through Lichtenfels in the final days of the war, an event occurred so horrific that it silenced those who witnessed it for decades...
Claudia Rikl’s tense, thrilling book interweaves historical themes with contemporary political issues to form a cleverly constructed case with many surprising plot twists.