I Will Bear Witness is the first volume of a diary kept by a Jewish man, Victor Klemperer, during Hitler's rule of Germany, 1933 to 1941. Since Klemperer was married to a non-Jewish woman, he was not sent to the camps and remained in the city. Over the course of the diary's entries, the spread of the Nazi regime and the increasing restrictions on Jewish people in the country is tangible. Klemperer tries to remain true to his country but becomes disillusioned by the actions of the Nazis.
Death of an Expert Witness is the story of Adam Dalgliesh, an officer of Scotland Yard who must investigate one of their own forensics labs after the death of expert witness and forensic scientist Dr. Lorrimer. Dalgliesh is out of his element among the scientific trappings of the lab, and the small suspect pool makes for a tense investigation, but eventually he is able to ferret out the truth though old-fashioned police trickery.