Hamlyn, London, 1984
The blurb on the back:
It was the summer of 1944, shortly after the failure of the July bomb plot against Hitler. Germany was racked by the Fuhrer's frenzied lust for revenge. During the round-up of suspects, a beautiful Prussian countess found herself imprisoned with a young and passionate gypsy girl in the headquarters of the sinister SS Colonel Schmerz.
Count von Stauffenberg's failed attempt at assassinating Hitler, the conflict between the Prussian officer class and the Nazi leadership, the horrific treatment of the Romany peoples in the Third Reich, the development of the V-2 rocket - all these themes and more are addressed in The Specialist. They're all serious subjects and yet, even when stitched together, they cannot be sewn into a fig-leaf big enough to conceal the salacious nastiness of this book.
It really is a shocker, a deeply unpleasant sex 'n' sadism story that's been wrapped up in the swastika in an attempt to provide extra kicks. Even the Amanda Nightingale novels are morally superior to this stuff.
the first edition
ARTISTIC MERIT: 1/5
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 2/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 1/5