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Garden of Beasts : A Novel of Berlin 1936
Garden of Beasts A Novel of Berlin 1936 Author:Jeffery Deaver In the most ingenious and provocative thriller yet from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, a conscience-plagued mobster turned government hitman struggles to find his moral compass amid rampant treachery and betrayal in 1936 Berlin. — Paul Schumann, a German American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hitma... more »n 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.« less
This is another nonstop read by Jeffery Deaver. He placed the setting in 1936 during the Olympic Games. Then he tells the story of a hit man hired by highly placed leaders in the US to kill a high level member of Hitler's cabinet. The twists and turns never stop. Just when you think the killer is corner, he finds a way out just to get caught again.
This is one of the books you are still reading in the middle of the night.
A thriller set in 1936, the books focuses on a German American hitman living in New York. THings get really complicated when the government nails him and convinces him to work as a spy for them in Germany. Great read!