The body of ninety-two-year-old Jossi Goldberg,
Holocaust survivor and American citizen, is found shot to death execution style
in his house near Frankfurt. A five-digit number is scrawled in blood at the
murder scene. The autopsy reveals an old and unsuccessfully covered tattoo on
the corpse’s arm—a blood type marker once used by Hitler’s SS. Pia Kirchhoff
and Oliver von Bodenstein are faced with a riddle. Was the old man not Jewish after
all? Who was he, really?
Two more, similar murders happen—one a
wheelchair-bound old lady in a nursing home, the other a man with a cellar filled
with Nazi paraphernalia—and slowly the connection between the victims becomes evident: all of them were lifelong friends with Vera Kaltensee, baroness,
well-respected philanthropist, and head of an old, rich family that she rules
with an iron fist. Pia and Oliver follow the trail, which leads them all the
way back to the end of World War II and the area of Poland that then belonged
to East Prussia. No one is who they claim to be, and things only begin to make
sense when the two investigators realize what the bloody number stands for—and
uncover an old diary and an eyewitness who is finally willing to come forward.
The Ice Queen, prequel to the bestseller Snow White Must Die, is a character- and plot-driven mystery about revenge, power, and secrets long forgotten, secrets from a time in German history that still affects the present. Download and start listening now!