Garden of Beasts

Garden of Beasts

A Novel of Berlin 1936

Book - 2004
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Paul Schumann, a German American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hitman known as much for his brilliant tactics as for taking only "righteous" assignments. But then Paul gets caught. And the arresting officer offers him a stark choice: prison or covert government service. Paul is asked to pose as a journalist covering the summer Olympics taking place in Berlin. He's to hunt down and kill Reinhard Ernst--the ruthless architect of Hitler's clandestine rearmament. If successful, Paul will be pardoned and given the financial means to go legit; if he refuses the job, his fate will be Sing Sing and the electric chair. Paul travels to Germany, takes a room in a boardinghouse near the Tiergarten--the huge park in central Berlin but also, literally, the "Garden of Beasts"--and begins his hunt. In classic Deaver fashion, the next forty-eight hours are a feverish cat-and-mouse chase, as Paul stalks Ernst through Berlin while a dogged Berlin police officer and the entire Third Reich apparatus search frantically for the American. "Garden of Beasts" is packed with fascinating period detail and features a cast of perfectly realized locals, Olympic athletes and senior Nazi officials--some real, some fictional. With hairpin plot twists, the reigning "master of ticking-bomb suspense" ("People") plumbs the nerve-jangling paranoia of prewar Berlin and steers the story to a breathtaking and wholly unpredictable ending."-- Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2004.
ISBN: 9780743437820
9780743222013
0743222016
Call Number: DEAVER
Characteristics: 542 p. ; 18 cm
Subjects: Olympic Games 1936 : Berlin, Germany) -- Fiction.
Criminals -- Fiction.
Assassins -- Fiction.
Berlin (Germany) -- History -- 1918-1945 -- Fiction.
Germany -- History -- 1933-1945 -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.

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Oct 04, 2015

A good story with some unexpected twists and turns.

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