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Scott Bergstrom was an advertising executive in Manhattan for many years before moving to Denver to focus on his writing. He is an avid traveller and photographer who is fascinated by the darker, unloved corners of the world's great cities. The Cruelty is his first book.
In a Nutshell: Trans-European espionage thriller | Cinematic page-turner following a teenager’s ruthlessly fearless journey into a criminal underworld to find her diplomat dad. Seventeen-year-old Gwendolyn Bloom has spent much of her life on the move due to her dad’s job as a US diplomat. They now live in New York, where she’s an outcast at the elite school paid for by his employers. But it turns out that the constant moving and snobby school are the lesser evils of her dad’s career. When he vanishes, and it emerges that he’s actually a CIA agent and suspected of working for “another side”, Gwendolyn is forced to search for him herself. Having assumed a new identity, the path of Gwendolyn’s high-stakes quest leads her to the dirty edges of Paris, Berlin, and Prague, where she infiltrates the brutal underworld of “the biggest crime family in Mitteleuropa”. This is an edgy, twisty, plot-driven thriller with an open-ended conclusion that will leave fans desperate to discover what Gwendolyn does next: she’s already shown that she’s prepared do what it takes - to do anything - to find her father, even if it means committing a few crimes of her own… ~ Joanne Owen
Ein Buch wie ein Blockbuster: Scott Bergstroms erster Roman erscheint in 20 Landern und wird in Hollywood verfilmt - von Kinohit-Produzent Jerry Bruckheimer ("e;Fluch der Karibik"e;, "e;Armageddon"e;). Vor zehn Jahren wurde Gwens Mutter ermordet, nur ihren Vater hat sie noch. Doch kurz nachdem er zu einer Geschftsreise nach Paris aufgebrochen ist, stehen zwei Unbekannte vor Gwens Tr und erzhlen eine unglaubliche Geschichte: Ihr Vater ist eigentlich CIA-Agent - und bei einem Einsatz spurlos verschwunden. Wurde er entfhrt? Wollte er dem Geheimdienst den Rcken kehren?Als die Ermittlungen eingestellt werden, macht Gwen sich selbst auf die Suche. Eine gefhrliche Reise ber mehrere Kontinente beginnt, immer dem Zentrum der Gefahr entgegen. Und Gwen erkennt: Wenn man seine Gegner besiegen will, muss man mindestens so hart und grausam werden wie sie!
A groundbreaking YA thriller following a diplomat's daughter from New York to Europe's criminal underworld in search of her kidnapped father.The Cruelty is the first book from a groundbreaking new YA voice: an utterly compelling thriller.When Gwendolyn Bloom realizes that her father has been kidnapped, she has to take matters into her own hands. She traces him from New York City across the dark underbelly of Europe, taking on a new identity to survive in a world of brutal criminal masterminds. As she slowly leaves behind her schoolgirl self, she realizes that she must learn the terrifying truth about herself. To overcome the cruelty she encounters, she must also embrace it.