Garden of Beasts : A Novel of Berlin 1936
Garden of Beasts A Novel of Berlin 1936 Author:Jeffery Deaver Paul Schumann, a German American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hitman known equally for his brilliant tactics and 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 O... more »lympics taking place in Berlin. He's to hunt down and kill Reinhardt 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 boarding house near the Tiergarten -- the huge park in central Berlin but also, literally, the "Garden of Beasts" -- and begins his hunt. 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 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
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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!
Having served in the Military, for two years, twenty years after the time that this book portrays, I read all books that pertain to that city. I was disappointed with this book. It was very wordy and tried to portray Berlin and the Tiergarten, where Hitler is supposed to have committed suicide. However, it was done piecemeal and didn't ring true to me. It came across to me more like made up fiction than rather than an attempt at being a historical novel.
German-American hitman Paul Schuman is on a Government mission that, if successfull, will spare him from the electric chairand could avert war in Europe.
A very well written and exciting spy-asssain tale. I was doubtful that I would enjoy this book and it turned out to be one of the best I have read. It reminded me of a Nelson Demille story.
It started out in Berlin, 1936, as a hitman is supposed to kill Hitler's right hand man before WWII begins. The book starts off exciting, hits a slower pace, then the ending comes and you find out it is totally against what you were expecting.