Turning the clock back two years before the events of The Sleepwalkers, Paul Grossman gives us this prequel mystery with Berlin detective Willi Kraus, on the trail of the vicious killer dubbed the Kinderfresser, the Child-eater of Berlin. In the fall of 1929—the last days of prosperity—the city is in a giddy rush to forget its troubled past. But on the same day that the stock market crashes in New York, a burlap sack is coughed up by Berlin's sewer system. When Kraus discovers the sack is full of children's bones with teeth marks on them—and a Bible with the circled phrase "children of wrath"—he fears he's run into something darker than he's ever known.
"To call this book enjoyable or satisfying feels wrong, because the deeds are so ugly. But it's terrifying and worthy. Human nature has never looked so raw."—Kirkus Reviews