4.5 A very good plot, but a weak ending MickyValentine | 25/08/2008 | See all MickyValentine's reviews (31) The plot of this book revolves around an alternative 1960s where Germany won the Second World War through some sort of appeasement with the UK and USA and carved out a large European Empire for its people.It all starts with a straighforward murder on the banks of a Berlin river that a Detective, Xavier March, needs to investigate. From there it all spirals out of control into a gripping thriller focussing on what would have been, in an alternate history, the final solution for European Jews.This book should be read. The plot is second to none and at no point do you think that this couldn't happen. The research and thinking that went in to writing this book is phenomenal.However, I only give it four stars because of the relatively weak ending. The book races through at a blistering pace and all the way you are kept involved. The ending however, appears to just happen. This may have been the way it meant to be, so that the reader can come up with their own idea of what happened, but for me it didn't work as well as it could have done.Overall then a very good, impecably researched book, but a pity about the ending.