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Ruins of War

(2015)
(Madness in the Ruins)
(The first book in the Mason Collins series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Barry Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
“A must-read series for me.” Lee Child, bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novels.

A mutilated body. No witnesses. The only clue, a message, “Those who I have made suffer will become saints and they shall lift me up from hell.”

Winter, 1945. Munich is in ruins, and a savage killer is stalking the city.

U.S. Army investigator Mason Collins enforces the law in the American Zone of Occupation. This post is his last chance to do what he loves most—being a homicide detective.

But he gets more than he’s bargained for when the bodies start piling up, the city devolves into panic, and the army brass start breathing down his neck.

Then the murderer makes him a target. Now it's a high-stakes duel, and to win it Mason must bring into deadly play all that he values: his partner, his career—even his life.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"A thrilling hunt...gripping and gruesome." - James Becker

"A well-crafted, classic police tale set in postwar 1945 Munich, a city that could double as the living room of hell...Mason's pursuit of the madman takes him through a ruined landscape filled with inhabitants as shattered as the city they live in." - Larry Bond

"...this is going to be a must-read series for me." - Lee Child

"...the best historical crime novel I've read all year. As vivd a sense of time and place as anything by All Furst, a iller as horrifying as any in Thomas Harris, and a central character I'm sure we'll be reading about for years to come." - Scott Phillips


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Used availability for John A Connell's Ruins of War

Hardback Editions

June 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Madness in the Ruins: A Mason Collins Crime Thriller 1
Author(s): John A Connell
ISBN: 1-950409-12-0 / 978-1-950409-12-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nailhead Publishing
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May 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ruins of War: A Mason Collins Novel
Author(s): John A Connell
ISBN: 0-425-27895-6 / 978-0-425-27895-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

June 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Madness in the Ruins: A Mason Collins Crime Thriller (previously entitled Ruins of War)
Author(s): John A Connell
ISBN: 1-950409-00-7 / 978-1-950409-00-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nailhead Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


January 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ruins of War (A Mason Collins Novel)
Author(s): John A Connell
ISBN: 0-425-28328-3 / 978-0-425-28328-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Ruins of War
Author(s): John A Connell
ISBN: 1-101-92294-X / 978-1-101-92294-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

June 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Madness in the Ruins: A Mason Collins Crime Thriller 1
Author(s): John A Connell
Publisher: NailHead Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU