City of Shadows

City of Shadows

Book - 2006
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A cultured city scarred by war.
An eastern #65533;migr#65533; with scars and secrets of
her own. A young woman who claims to
be a Russian grand duchess. A brazen killer,
as vicious as he is clever. A detective
driven by decency and the desire for justice.
A political movement growing in power. . . .

Deeply atmospheric, peopled with rich, complex characters, City of Shadows is an enthralling novel of historical suspense set in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s -- a decadent, turbulent time in which a proud nation scarred by defeat, deprivation, and debauchery will become the fertile breeding ground for the rise of National Socialism.

Berlin, 1922 -- one of this troubled city's growing number of refugees, Esther Solomonova survives by working as secretary to her fellow Russian #65533;migr#65533;, "Prince"Nick, a scheming adventurer and cabaret owner. Always on the prowl for a deal, Nick smells money when he hears of a woman in an asylum claiming to be a grand duchess, daughter of the Czar of all the Russias, who escaped the assassination of the rest of her family by the Bolsheviks. Enlisting a highly suspicious Esther, Nick plans to prepare the woman -- known as Anna Anderson -- to claim the Romanov fortune.

But Anna is being hunted. Or so she claims. At first Esther believes Anna's fear to be just in her imagination -- until innocent people around them begin to die. So in a Berlin stricken by hyperinflation, Esther enlists the help of a German police officer -- a dogged inspector named Schmidt -- to try and find out who wants Anna dead -- and why. Yet the deeper she and Schmidt dig, the more they realize that their own lives are at risk.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2006
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780060817268
0060817267
Branch Call Number: FIC Frank 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 422 p

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GLNovak
Nov 09, 2012

This was an intriguing murder mystery with a definite twist. Set in Berlin just after the Great War, a woman shows up in an insane asylum claiming to be Anastasia, heir to the Romanov dynasty. She fears the Cheka and is totally uncooperative in any attempt to question her to verify her story. Events move slowly forward against the backdrop of the rise of Hitler and his Nazi party. Parts of the narrative send shivers up your spine when you realize how the nation was taken over seemingly so easily. Good story and a good read.

kpalichuk Aug 04, 2010

I wasn't so sure about this title; I've recently discovered her 'mistress of the art of death' series and really enjoyed them, so i was predisposed to like this one.
I had a very, very hard time getting into the story. I'm not sure what it was - maybe the pacing? however, once i got into Part 2, I was hooked, and wanted to re-read it immediately upon finishing it. interesting twist at the end, though in retrospect the clues were there.

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