Book I: March Violets, Chapters 1-9
• The Nazi Germany's capital city of Berlin is preparing for the Olympics.
• Bernhard Gunther, a private detective, is worried about losing his secretary, Dagmarr Lehmann.
• A wealthy German industrialist, Doktor Hermann Six, needs Gunther's services as a private investigator.
• Six's daughter Grete and her husband Paul Pfarr are found murdered, their house burned down, and their safe ransacked.
• Six believes that the thief who stole the diamond necklace is also the murderer.
• He hires Gunther to investigate.
• Gunther meets the maid, Frau Schmidt, at the burned house, and she tells him that Paul and Grete fought a lot.
• Paul was a member of the SS Gestapo and loved Hitler.
• Gunther retrieves an SS badge from a Jewish pawn shop.
• He finds out that the couple had sex before they died and that Grete was pregnant.
• Gunther tries to find out who the...
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