1938. War is soon to break out in Europe and the body of a beautiful German baroness is found, with a hatchet planted in her head, in the Galapagos Islands seven hundred miles off Ecuador.  Castaway Fred Freiman, a German-American, New York cop on the run from both the NYPD and the mob, finds the body and then finds himself trapped into identifying the murderer or murderers as world and local intrigues and personal passions swirl around him. The suspects are many, ranging from colorful recent German and Norwegian settlers to shady Americans to an elusive German believed to be an SS officer as well as to a seemingly insane German who may or may not have assassinated a very senior SS officer in Munich and finally to the Ecuadorians themselves. 


“A deftly crafted and compelling read from beginning to end.” —Midwest Book Review

Death of a Sirenis the latest in a long tradition of whodunit sleuthing, but the complex cast of characters and unique setting help it to stand out from the pack.” —The Strand

“[A] well-paced detective story.” —Historical Novel Society

“Readers will enjoy spending time in the company of this unlikely hero.” —Publishers Weekly

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