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Angel Avenger

Angel Avenger
  • Author(s): Tim Wickenden
  • Location(s): Berlin
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1960s

September 1960. In the Spandauer forest Detectives Max Becker and Bastian Döhl, from the Berlin Kriminalpolizei, find a naked, tortured man tied to a tree. A cryptic message hangs from his neck. When another body appears, Max is sure...

Devolution

Devolution
  • Author(s): John Casey
  • Location(s): Paris, Berlin
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Present day

Michael Dolan is a stoic perfectionist and former special operations pilot working a staff job at the Pentagon. After accepting an improbable CIA request to help prevent impending terrorist attacks in Europe, Dolan finds that of the demons he...

Stealing the Future

Stealing the Future
  • Author(s): Max Hertzberg
  • Location(s): Berlin
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1990s

A counter-factual spy thriller set in East Berlin in the early-1990s. The GDR still exists, but is on the edge of economic breakdown, partly due to a coal producing region is in the process of seceding from the GDR....

The City in Flames

The City in Flames
  • Author(s): Michael Russell
  • Location(s): Camden Town, Berlin, Ireland, Scotland
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): WW2

1940. A woman lands on the Scottish coast from a German flying boat and goes to ground, hunted by British Intelligence. Suspended from the Irish police for reasons he won’t explain, Detective Inspector Stefan Gillespie is working on his...

The Girl Behind the Wall

The Girl Behind the Wall
  • Author(s): Mandy Robotham
  • Location(s): Berlin
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 1960s

A city divided. When the Berlin Wall goes up, Karin is on the wrong side of the city. Overnight, she’s trapped under Soviet rule in unforgiving East Berlin and separated from her twin sister, Jutta. Two sisters torn apart....

The Moment

The Moment
  • Author(s): Douglas Kennedy
  • Location(s): Berlin
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

Thomas Nesbitt is a divorced writer in the midst of a rueful middle age. Living a very private life in Maine, in touch only with his daughter and still trying to recover from the end of a long marriage,...

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
  • Author(s): John le Carré
  • Location(s): Berlin
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1960s

From the master of spy thrillers, John le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a gripping story of love and betrayal at the height of the Cold War. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an afterword by...

A Quiet Flame

A Quiet Flame
  • Author(s): Philip Kerr
  • Location(s): Berlin, Buenos Aires
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 1930s, 1950s

The action switches largely between Berlin in 1932 – and Bernie’s last abandoned case as a police officer when the mutilated body of a spastic teenage girl is discovered – and Buenos Aires in 1950 where he is invited...

city-lit Berlin

city-lit Berlin
  • Author(s): Rory Maclain (Introduction)
  • Location(s): Berlin
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Various

Experience the haunting and exciting city of Berlin as never before, in the company of over sixty dazzling writers. Join them as Christopher Isherwood takes us to the cabaret David Bowie cycles through Berlin Anna Funder remembers Stasiland Ian...

Fatherland

Fatherland
  • Author(s): Robert Harris
  • Location(s): Berlin
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1960s

Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler’s 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the...

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021