Perfect Setting for a Novel

The setting for my first novel was post-Cold War Berlin. The picture I have attached is of the no man’s land between East and West Berlin where people were actually killed for trying to escape communism to the West. My family and I lived in West Germany when the Iron Curtain fell in Europe. Less than a year later we moved to Berlin just before the reunification of Germany. We lived there for four years, leaving in 1994 when the US Army left Berlin. The first year we lived in Berlin was very exciting. The Soviet Union was had severe budget problems and Soviet Soldiers who were stationed at Potsdam, Germany were selling military equipment in the streets of Berlin and flea markets. This didn’t go unnoticed. The German Police started a crackdown to prevent this equipment, which at times included small arms would not get into the hands of criminals. My wife actually saw these items being sold on one of her trips to the flea markets. As the unification of Germany began to be implemented East German factories and government workers were laid off. They received unemployment benefits, but their morale was at rock bottom. Several former NAZI officers took this opportunity to buy these unemployed men a beer and explain to them that the immigrants were the problem. Thus began a resurgence of Neo-NAZIs. Immigrants were beaten by drunken gangs. There was also an increase in crime in the city. Before unification Berlin was a safe city, women could ride the subway system without fear of being attacked. Unfortunately, this came to an end when an old lady was killed for her purse. The German Police cracked down on crimes, but they found several Neo-NAZIs within the police force. The Americans in Berlin were spared most of this crime. The real focus was on immigrants with the cry of “immigrants out.” I cannot imagine a better scene for a murder mystery. Unfortunately, I took no action on the idea for over 18 years.

About Fred Fanning Author

Fred Fanning currently writes biweekly on his blog His published works include the peer-reviewed book Basic Safety Administration-A Handbook for the New Safety Specialist. Fred also authored two editions of the peer-reviewed chapter Safety Training and Documentation Principles that was published in the bestselling Safety Professional Handbook and the Safety Professional Handbook Management Applications. He coauthored the peer-reviewed chapter Safety Training with Christine Fiori, Ph.D., PE, published in the bestselling Construction Safety Management and Engineering, second edition edited by Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP. Fred also has several self-published books. He has a series called Fred’s Safety Shorts. This is a collection of twelve books on topics related to safety published with Kindle Direct Publishing. Fred self-published another six books using both CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and Kindle Direct Publishing. He has authored fifty-eight articles in various publications on the topics of safety and health and project management. Fred has earned several writing awards for his non-fiction work. Fred has two novels A Walk Among the Dead and Mystery at Devil’s Elbow.
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