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Garden Of Beasts

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An American who normally writes contemporary police procedural or serial killer tales, sets his latest thriller in pre-war Germany during the 1936 Olympics. It’s a mix of old-fashioned detective work (German policeman), appalling training tests (S.S.), a failing hit-man (ex-Mafia) and a frightening bit of duplicity (American). It won the Crime Writers Association highest award, the Gold Dagger, and it’s brilliant.

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Synopsis

Garden Of Beasts by Jeffery Deaver

Paul Schumann is a German-American living in Brooklyn in 1938 and a hitman for the mob. When he is arrested he is taken to an unnamed Colonel in intelligence and given a choice. Either go to jail for life or help his country. The US has discovered that Germany is secretly rearming and that the architect of this rearmament is a man named Rudolph Heinrich, a senior Nazi official and one of Hitler's right hand men. The Colonel wants Schumann to pose as a member of the Olympic team, travel to Berlin and assassinate him.

Reviews

The best psychological thriller writer around The Times A cracking good tale that kept me glued to the page Poisoned Pen 'Deaver fans expect the unexpected from this prodigiously talented thriller writer, and the creator of the Lincoln Rhyme series and other memorable yarns (The Blue Nowhere, etc.) doesn't disappoint with his 19th novel, this time offering a deliciously twisty tale set in Nazi Berlin. The book's hero is a mob button man, or hit man, Paul Schumann, who's nabbed in the act in New York City but given an alternative to the electric chair: to go to Berlin undercover as a journalist writing about the upcoming Olympics in order to assassinate Col. Reinhard Ernst, the cheif architect of Hitler's militarization, seen as a threat to American interests. a German spy onboard Paul's transatlantic liner grows suspicious and sends a warning to Germany before Paul discovers and kills him. Then in Berlin, Paul, en route to meet his contact, kills a second suspicious man who may be a storm trooper, setting Insp. Willi Kohl of the Berlin police, or Kripo, on his trail. Deaver weaves the three manhunts -- Paul after his target, Kohl after Paul and the Nazi hierarchy after Paul -- with a deft hand, bringing to frightening life the Berlin of 1936, a city on the brink of madness. Top Nazis, including Hitler, Himmler and Goring, make colorful cameos, but it's the smart, shaded-gray characterizations of the principals that anchor the exciting plot. An affecting love affair between Paul and his German landlady goes in surprising directions, as do the main plot lines, which move outside Berlin as heroes become villains and vice versa. This is prime Deaver, which means prime entertainment.
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's Weekly The most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world Daily Telegraph A master of suspense Guardian Deaver fans expect the unexpected from this prodigiously talented thriller writer ... This is prime Deaver, which means prime entertainment. Publisher's Weekly'


About the Author

Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver is the author of three collections of short stories and 32 suspense novels. He is best known for his Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, which include the number one bestsellers The Vanished Man, The Twelfth Card and The Cold Moon, as well as The Bone Collector which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The first Kathryn Dance novel, The Sleeping Doll, was published in 2007 to enormous acclaim.

A three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the year, he has been nominated for an Anthony Award and six Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. He won the WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award in 2001 and in 2004 won the Crime Writers' Association Steel Dagger for Best Thriller with Garden of Beasts, and their Short Story Dagger for The Weekender from Twisted.

Jeffery Deaver lives in North Carolina and California.

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Book Info

Publication date

23rd May 2005

Author

Jeffery Deaver

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Publisher

Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
528 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Action Adventure / Spy
Books for the Boys
All Shortlists and Winners
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Thriller / suspense
Adventure
Historical fiction

ISBN

9780340734551

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