The Fatal Blow

Original title: Genadeschot

Author: Weber, Felix

Publication Date:

November 2018



Original language and publisher

Dutch | Boekerij

Territories Handled

Worldwide excl. Dutch


Crime & Thrillers, Historical Fiction

The Fatal Blow

Original title: Genadeschot

Author: Weber, Felix


‘An overwhelming and completely absorbing struggle between good and evil.’ ***** VN Detective & Thriller Guide, Shortlist Thriller of the Year

‘Strong characters, interwoven historical facts and a bloodcurdling finale. THE FATAL BLOW can certainly stand up next to the work of Philip Kerr and John le Carré.’ Dutch Foundation of Literature

‘Webers’ power lies in his thorough research and envy-inducing ability to make his stories come alive.’ **** De Telegraaf

‘Beautifully written and full of tension. THE FATAL BLOW is a real stand-out.’

‘A strong plot, clearly built on in-depth historical knowledge. Weber makes history come alive.’ Nederlands Dagblad

‘If any book deserves to be called a ‘literary thriller’, it’s this one. THE FATAL BLOW is a perhaps Weber’s greatest achievement and an absolute gem.’, the Netherlands’ largest reading community

‘This penetrating story of epic proportions is a worthy successor the Golden Noose winner DUST TO DUST. Weber proves himself one of the very best authors The Netherlands has to offer.’ *****

‘A dark thriller that chills to the bone.’ Zin Magazine

‘Weber mixes fact and fiction into a compteletely convincing and engrossing story.’ ****

After the war, Eden Lumas escapes to South America, but his past follows him.

Driven by a thirst for adventure, Eden Lumas enlists as a volunteer for the Waffen-SS, at the outbreak of the Second World War. He joins the German Army at the Eastern Front, only to find himself taking part in a ruthless war of destruction. When he becomes involved in the extermination of the Jews, his conscious can no longer be ignored. In an attempt to save a Jewish woman and her baby, he is discovered, executed and left for dead. However, he does not succumb to his injuries and from that moment on, his life is dominated by the hunt for Julius Liedtke, the SS officer who was responsible for his execution. After enduring countless hardships, Lumas ends up in Berlin and hits a dead end.

After the war, Lumas manages to escape to South America, where the Argentina of Juan and Eva Perón proves a safe haven for Nazi refugees. When he meets Sophie Denrée, he hopes to build a new life with her. But his past cathes up with him, and Lumas becomes involved in a struggle for life and death between fleeing Nazis and surviving Jewish avengers.

Felix Weber is the pseudonym of an award-winning Dutch author. His historical thrillers are based on true events, that Weber encountered and unraveled through his personal research.

Marketing Information

  • English sample available
  • Over 5000 copies sold
  • Shortlist nominee of the Golden Noose Prize 2019, the Netherlands’ most prestigious crime prize
  • Only suspense title to be selected for the spring 2019 ’10 Titles from Holland’ brochure of the Dutch Foundation for Literature
  • Shortlist Thriller of the Year VN Detective & Thriller Guide
  • Longlist MAX Golden Bat Crime Prize 2019