Captain Mueller is dead. Hanged, apparently, by his own hand. But ex-police officer and war hero Sergeant August Neumann doesn’t think it’s quite so simple. How could it be with blackshirts, legionnaires, and communist sympathisers vying for control of the camp?
Now Sergeant Neumann must navigate these treacherous cliques to find the truth while under the watchful eyes of his Canadian captors.
A mystery that by its very existence shines a light on a forgotten facet of Canadian history, Wayne Arthurson’s The Traitors of Camp 133 fills an Alberta POW camp with a colourful cast of internees and drops a body smack in the middle of them. The joy of this book is in the meticulously researched details; watching the way Arthurson’s August Neumann navigates the peculiar society within the barbed wire (and without) is fascinating stuff, and the solid, satisfying mystery that Arthurson builds for his new series character is the cherry on top.
Owen Laukkanen, author of The Watcher in the Wall
The Traitors of Camp 133 is a murder mystery that delivers: we believe and care about the characters, we take wrong turns, we grieve. Wayne Arthurson wraps his mystery in a fascinating subculture: German POWs in a Southern Alberta camp shortly after the Allies invade Normandy. It’s a great read.
Todd Babiak, bestselling author of Come Barbarians and Son of France
Wayne Arthurson manages to hook you on the first page of this masterful mystery. The Traitors of Camp 133 is historical fiction at its best, a wonderful achievement, and a thoroughly entertaining read.
David Swinson, author of The Second Girl
Turnstone Press acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Government of Canada, and the Province of Manitoba through Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage.