City of Shadows
A cultured city scarred by war. . . . An eastern émigré with scars and secrets of her own. . . . A young woman claiming to be a Russian grand duchess. . . . A brazen killer, as vicious as he is clever. . . . A detective driven by decency and the desire for justice.
. . . A nightmare political movement steadily gaining power. . . .
This is 1922 Berlin.
One of the troubled c...more
Esther, our snappy protagonist, is a young Russian Jewish ...more
Franklin frames her tale through the eyes of Esther Solomonova, a scarred Jewish survivor of a Russian pogrom now eking out a living serving as a girl-of-all-trades for Prince Nick, the charming conman owner of several risqué cabarets ...more
I really have to admire this novel, for its interesting, frustrating, engaging, horrific and wonderful characters and for the complex series of plots and subplots woven together like challah.
Franklin begins with the well kno ...more
In this fictional story is a young Jewess, a refugee in 1922 Berlin, this is Germany before Hitler. Because of the scar on her face Esther survives by being a secretary to Prince Nick as he is called who owns several cabarets in the ci ...more
First, and most impressive, is the historical prospective of the Wiemar Republic prior to the election of Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany. It is no wonder Hitler became such a popular figure with his promises of prosperity and creature comforts for Germans. There are also whispers of what is to come during the Hitler reign, but they are subtle.
The second thread is ...more
I think I may have just liked the location/time of Mistress vs. this book. There's quite of bit of police procedure here that was yawn, yawn and I found it hard to keep track of all the characters (especially after 9 years between part I an ...more
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