...captures the paranoia endemic to society in Vienna..October 1939
What begins as an investigation into the killing of a neighbor's dog.....leads one Doctor Beer into the darker aspects of the lives of his neighbors. The diversity of social classes living in one apartment complex...surrounding a courtyard..
In this time and place...everyone had secrets..and would kill to keep them
Doctor Beer treats a young woman with sexual issues...a neighbor across the courtyard is caring for a "mentally defective" sister....the little girl, around the way...the humpbacked child...deals with an alcoholic father (and keeps a groundhog as a "pet")....and Doctor Beer has homosexual issues of his own....and the official, Nazi-endorsed "spy" is always On Duty
This is where I stop....if you're curious...seek out this book...it is a Wonder
4 1/2 Stars
***this was a Net Galley***