Night of the Generals by Hans Hellmut Kirst

By Hans Hellmut Kirst

A Polish prostitute is murdered in Warsaw in 1942. the prospective suspects are narrowed all the way down to 3 German generals, however the research ultimately involves not anything. the same crime occurs in Paris in 1944 while all 3 generals are assembled once again - yet back the investigations are halted through the recognized 'night of the generals' - the coup opposed to Hitler. Then, in 1956, a 3rd homicide happens in Dresden. This time the killer needs to be caught...

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General Tanz asked with a face like granite. Major Grau retained his expression of unruffled serenity.  He emitted a series of conciliatory sounds.  was a man who liked harmony to reign in his immediate circle.  (he assured them on his word of honour) in four parts! This truly hilarious anecdote was greeted with general laughter, although it was a standard item in the General's repertoire and everyone in the room knew it of old. Even Grau seemed amused. There was an improvement in the atmosphere, further enhanced by the appearance of a mess waiter with a bottle of Napoleon Brandy, guaranteed thirty years old.

Hardly anyone spoke, and no one spoke loudly. They stood there like a herd of cattle waiting for someone to open a gate. "Men from Tanz's division," said the driver. "Some exercise, probably," said Major Grau. " Grau's expression did not change. It was as though he merely registered what was going on round him but was not particularly interested or impressed by it.  Any obstacle erected by Tanz had to be dislodged by force.  There he caught sight of General Tanz, a powerful figure despite his rapier­like build, standing aloof from the men who surrounded him.

Kahlenberge shook his glistening skull as if trying to dislodge a fly. " General Tanz asked with a face like granite. Major Grau retained his expression of unruffled serenity.  He emitted a series of conciliatory sounds.  was a man who liked harmony to reign in his immediate circle.  (he assured them on his word of honour) in four parts! This truly hilarious anecdote was greeted with general laughter, although it was a standard item in the General's repertoire and everyone in the room knew it of old.

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