The Defeated Aristocrat – Book One in the Wolf Mau series
After spending the last months of the Great War as POW’s in England, Wolf Mau and his fellow soldiers are relieved to be back in Germany. Their homeland is defeated, starving, and broken – they didn’t expect a welcome home party. But neither did they anticipate murder … A killer is stalking the medieval streets of Konigsberg. A killer who specialises in kidnapping demobbed soldiers… before torturing them using medieval methods and leaving their mutilated corpses in the city’s red light district. With senior police officials more concerned with politics than crime-solving, it falls to Wolf to hunt down the perpetrator of the sadistic crimes – before he and his remaining friends find themselves added to the growing list of victims…
3 January 2015 – Published on Amazon.comnb
THE AMBER KNIGHT – AN ADAM SALEN NOVEL
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The idea for this novel was born in Gdansk city museum. When I visited, the ground floor held an exhibition of African domestic tools and carvings which I thought odd for a Baltic city museum. I spoke to the curator who pointed to the walls, which were covered with posters picturing historical artefacts in amber and precious metals. All made the same appeal,”If you see this object please telephone the number below. We cannot be certain if it was stolen by the Nazis when they retreated 1945 or the Russians when they advanced.” Those posters coupled with a legend related to me by an ambersmith in Mariacka Street, of a medieval knight killed at the battle for Eblag and subsequently encased in an amber shroud set me dreaming. Unable to trace the story to any known fact – I created my own legend.
The Amber Knight is a fast-paced, multi-layered, action thriller that spans eight centuries, from medieval Germany and Prussia to present day Poland and USA. It is centred on the legend of the Amber Knight – a beloved relic that inspired generations until the Nazis stole it. The Amber Knight was created in 1232 during The Teutonic Crusade when the heroic knight, Helmut von Mau, was killed in battle at Elblag. When the town was fired, the amber in the treasury melted and was poured into Helmut’s stone sarcophagus, covering his body and creating the Amber Knight.
In present day Gdansk. Adam Salen, director of a museum trust, who lives in an apartment in Mariacka Street and gambles in the Grand Hotel in Sopot receives photographs of the Amber Knight that disappeared in 1945, and a sale price of 15 million dollars. His assistant, Magda believes that given a corpse, sufficient amber and authentic armour the knight could be recreated. Adam and Magda want the knight for the museum, but when a mafia hit man is found dead at Adam’s feet outside the Grand Hotel and more corpses are discovered in woods near Hitler’s Wolf’s lair, it seems there may be truth behind the legend that swift and certain death awaits everyone who looks upon Helmut’s face.
14 February 2014
Top left the ruins of Gdansk in 1945. I stand in awe of the people who rebuilt it. The art gallery is where I housed Adam Salen. The photographs of Hitler’s Wolf’s lair cannot do justice to the immense scale of the complex.