L’angelo di Monaco
Munich, September 1931. Commissioner Sigfried Sauer is called urgently to a stately apartment on Prinzregentenplatz, where 22-year-old Angela Raubal, known as Geli, has been found lifeless in her locked room. Next to her lifeless body is a revolver: everything points to suicide.
Geli, however, is not just any girl, and the apartment in which she lived and died, as well as the revolver that fired the fatal shot, do not belong to just any man: her legal guardian is “Uncle Alf,” known to the rest of Germany as Adolf Hitler, the most talked-about politician of the moment, in part precisely because of that strange relationship with his niece, a source of indignation and scandal both among the ranks of his enemies and among his closest associates. Always together, always blissful and smiling in a sometimes adolescent intimacy, rumors about them had even increased after the beautiful niece moved into the guardian’s apartment.
Sauer immediately found himself investigating, caught between those who ordered him to close the investigation within a few hours and those who enjoined him to get to the bottom of the case and discover the truth, whatever it might be. Hitler, who rushed from Nuremberg as soon as he heard the news, confirms that he has an unassailable alibi. Even the depositions of the servants are all in perfect agreement. Yet it is precisely this apparent incontrovertibility of the facts that causes Sauer to doubt, and he decides to investigate further. The truths he uncovers, so obscure as to shake every one of his professional and personal certainties, will drive him to decisions on the outcome of which the very future of democracy in Germany may depend…
Set against the backdrop of a moribund Weimar Republic, in which all the portents of Nazi tragedy are felt, The Angel of Munich is a thriller in miraculous balance between incontrovertible historical reality and compelling fiction, a journey in pursuit of a remnant of truth capable, perhaps, of restoring dignity to the first, true victim of Nazi propaganda: the young and innocent Geli Raubal.
Albin Michel (French)
Alfaguara Negra (Spanish)
Rosa dels Vents (Catalan)
Xander Uitgevers (Ducth)
Alma littera (Lithuanian)
Suma de Letras (Potuguese)
Cappelen Damm (Norwegian)