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The Eye of the Abyss (Franz Schmidt #1)

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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, ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 29th 2003 by Minotaur Books (first published 2002)
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Tuck
Feb 26, 2016 Tuck rated it really liked it
a cool premise: an everyman german banker/accountant gets a big client in late 1930's, adolph and his nazi party want to make a deposit. as things spin out of control of this banker's ethics, and he tries to protect his workers and himself and his culture and country, he comes up with a 'good' idea for revenge to get back at those pyscho-dirty-dogs.
Jerry
Jul 20, 2011 Jerry rated it really liked it
This book took a while to get into and the action was never fast-paced, but the suspense and intrigue eventually drew me in. There's something about Nazi's that rachets everything up a couple of notches in the suspense department.
Pauline Moncrieff
Nov 17, 2008 Pauline Moncrieff rated it it was amazing
A bank auditor in Nazi Germany, faced with some ethical dilemmas. Some very clever twists and good character analysis.
Warren Olson
Aug 17, 2015 Warren Olson rated it really liked it
Love Franz Schmidt, Browne's hero ; Amazing reality feel to the early days and times of Nazi Germany. Trust the series continues !
Lorraine Cobcroft
Franz Schmidt is the auditor in an old-fashioned bank in Germany in the 1930s. When the bank is given the business of the Nazi Party, its staff find themselves plunged into the harsh realities of German politics. Franz tries to help the first victim: a Jewish secretary. At the same time, he resists orders to support a Nazi officer in small acts of embezzlement.

His opposition to the Nazi regime terrifies his wife and challenges their marriage, but conscience and a sense of loyalty and justice wi
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Ann Tonks
While not nearly as authentic or powerful as "Alone in Berlin", this is still a well imagined story for Nazi Germany.
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Browne was an international banker - he racked up 37 years with NAB - and one of his forebears was a founder of Australia's first bank. But the former paratrooper who once hankered for a spell in the French foreign legion loved writing and had three books published in Britain in the early '80s when writing was still ''an occasional Sunday activity''. Then came a couple of historical novels about M ...more
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