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The Good German

The Good German Joseph Kanon
Pub date 1st September 2001
Original publisher Henry Holt (Little, Brown UK)
International publishers Lindhardt Ringhof (DK), Meulenhoff (NL), Gummerus Kustannus Oy (FI), Belfond (FR), Siciliano (PO).

The bestselling author of Los Alamos and Alibi returns to 1945. Hitler has been defeated, and Berlin is divided into zones of occupation. Jake Geismar, an American correspondent who spent time in the city before the war, has returned to write about the Allied triumph while pursuing a more personal quest: his search for Lena, the married woman he left behind. When an American soldier’s body is found in the Russian zone during the Potsdam Conference, Jake stumbles on the lead to a murder mystery. The Good German is a story of espionage and love, an extraordinary re-creation of a city devastated by war, and a thriller that asks the most profound ethical questions in its exploration of the nature of justice, and what we mean by good and evil in times of peace and of war.

 

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