"Suspense laden historical thriller"
In 1936, contract freelance hit man Paul Schumann enters
the Hell's Kitchen apartment to bump off Malone, but the
mark is not here. Paul realizes he has been set up and
the subsequent phone call tells him that twelve armed men
wait for him to throw out the window his two guns, to
remove his jacket, and wait for their entry with his hands
up if he wants to survive.
Navy Intelligence Officer Bull Gordon gives Paul a
choice. If he refuses, they have evidence to prove he
murdered people, which would lead to at least life in Sing
Sing that is if they do not turn him into cement. Paul
accepts their kind offer to go to Berlin to kill Colonel
Ernst, Hitler's brilliant militarization expert.
Disguised as a reporter covering the Olympics, Paul sails
across the Atlantic, but a Nazi undercover agent believes
he might be a paid assassin. Paul kills the spy, but not
before word reaches Berlin. When he kills a second person
in the German capital, Police Inspector Kohl is on his
crowded trail loaded with Nazis wanting to kill Paul
before he completes his mission.
Jeffrey Deaver is at his best with this suspense laden
historical thriller that brings 1936 Berlin vividly alive
in a contrasting manner. On the one hand, there is the
Olympics while on the other there is the Nazi movement.
The three subplots (Paul's mission, Inspector Kohl's
investigation, and the Nazi efforts to kill the American)
all tie together in a fantastic tale that will bring
deserved accolades to Mr. Deaver as he proves once again
that he drives more than just a Lincoln.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 6, 2004