It is Germany, 1938, and Franz Schmidt is the chief auditor
in a commercial bank in a provincial city. But as Schmidt
will soon learn, the bank's prestigious new client, the
Nazi party, is at once its least desirable. Schmidt will
oversee their account, and soon, he is embroiled in the
duplicity, violence and horror that is Nazi Germany.
Schmidt can't help but be involved, and the first victim of
the harsh realities of the Germans' politics is a Jewish
secretary whom Franz tries to help, much to his wife's
As Schmidt finds himself caught up in dangerous political
machinations, he also finds himself, as the result of an
act of compassion, under deadly suspicion. The Schmidts
struggle to protect their marriage and their family without
compromising their sense of decency, but eventually,
Franz's world explodes. As events spin out of control,
Franz must act, and he seeks revenge on those responsible
by attempting a massive fraud on the Party itself.
In Eye of the Abyss, Marshall Browne crafts an intelligent
historical thriller reminiscent of Philip Kerr, Christopher
Reich and Alan Furst with a riveting pace and spellbinding
plot all his own.