Bill Rapp books in order
Bill Rapp is an author and former diplomat of the United States federal government. He holds a B.A. from Notre Dame, a M.A from the University of Toronto and a Ph. D. from Vanderbilt.
Having spent the early part of his professional career teaching European History at Iowa State University, Bill spent the last 35 years working for the U. S. Government; something that broadened his perspective on Europe and much of the Middle East.
He has thus far written six novels, and is a proudly a member of The Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and The International Association of Crime Writers.
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
- Berlin Breakdown (2008)
- Tears of Innocence (2015)
- The Hapsburg Variation (2017)
- Angel in Black (2006)
- A Pale Rain (2007)
- Burning Altars (2011)
Detailed book overview
Upon his diplomatic assignment to Berlin in 1989, young American Karl Rosman finds himself drawn to a group of young revolutionaries determined to reach out to the West.
When one of their group members is murdered, the revolutionaries request Rosman to forward their story, and some sensitive information, to accomplices—far away from the feared STASI.
But as Rosman delves deeper into a STASI operation against the revolutionaries, his contacts are eliminated, making him a primary target.
When he turns to others on both sides of the Wall for help, Rosman learns that many of those he encounters have connections with his own family which fled the Nazis half a decade earlier.
Given how nobody’s loyalty is guaranteed, he must count on his own skills and instincts in his quest for survival and justice.
Cold War Thriller series
A young American military officer by the name Karl Baier arrives in a destroyed Berlin in the autumn of 1945. He is on an assignment to track down, debrief, and, in isolated cases, resettle German scientists who played a pivotal role in building the German war machine.
Karl however isn’t alone, as America’s allies during the war are now competitiors, similarly on a desperate search for Germany’s scientific and industrial elite. When he is swept away by a local woman, whose husband is coincidentally named Baier and disappeared on the eastern front, Karl agrees to help the woman find out about the fate of her husband.
The hunter however becomes the hunted in this tale of treachery, romance, and missing treasure.
Just eight years after joining the CIA, Karl Baier once again finds himself on the front line of the Cold War.
He is based in Vienna during the spring of 1955 where Austria and the four Allied Powers are on the brink of signing the State Treaty; a deal which will not only secure Austria’s independence but also hopefully reduce tensions in Europe. For the West however, the deal could secure Soviet hegemony in Eastern Europe and create a permanent division.
Tasked with investigating the death of an Austrian aristocrat and Wehrmacht veteran, Baier unearths an audacious ploy meant to block the State Treaty, and subvert Soviet rule in lands of the old Hapsburg Empire.
The mission however escalates into a personal one when Baier’s wife is abducted.
With no one to trust, not even in Washington, D.C., each turn will present a new set of challenges.
P.I Bill Habermann Series
Private Investigator Bill Habermann is caught up right at the centre of a murder mystery after an anonymous caller summons him to the scene of a murder.
From the offset, it looks as though the murder is linked to mob activity leading to the control of Chicago’s crucial water supply facilitating for the exponential growth in the Chicagoland area.
As more bodies keep surfacing, Habermann is swept into the arms of Sharon Syracusa, the stunning wife of the original murder victim.
Can Sharon however be trusted? Does she have evidence that will tie the mob to a billing scandal, as she claims she does? Or is she just selling Habermann down the river?
The year is 1922. A member of the Klu Klux Klan ends up in jail after being tied to the burning of a church in Naperville, Illinois.
Several decades later, the case resurfaces when an unexpected visitor walks into the office of private investigator Bill Habermann.
The potential client in question claims to be the grandson of the man who spent nearly 20 years in jail for the crime. Even more enthralling is that the youngster claims he holds proof that could not only clear his grandfather’s name but also prove his innocence.
Habermann eventually decides to take up the case after an unprecedented turn of events surrounding the young man; one that leads him all the way into northern Indiana.
This is a tale of just how hard it is to escape the past.