Garden of Beasts: A Novel of Berlin 1936 (Deaver, Jeffery) by Deaver, Jeffery

By: Jeffery Deaver

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like new, signed by author on title page without inscription, first edition 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.

Title: Garden of Beasts: A Novel of Berlin 1936 (Deaver, Jeffery) by Deaver, Jeffery

Author Name: Jeffery Deaver

Categories: Signed, Limited Editions, First Editions, Mystery,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Simon & Schuster: 2004-07

ISBN: 0743222016

ISBN 13: 9780743222013

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible: Like New

Type: Hardcover

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 2-6-63

Keywords: Mystery, mystery, mobster, hitman,