A Novel of Berlin 1936
Simon and Schuster
Featuring: Paul Schumann,
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Mystery Historical | Thriller Psychological
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.
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