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The Good German: A Novel


Publisher:Henry Holt and Co.



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A dramatic novel of intrigue and love set against the tumultous backdrop of Berlin in 1945 follows Jake Geismar, a former Berlin correspondent for CBS, who has been assigned to do a series of articles on the American occupation of postwar Berlin, as he tries to find Lena, the German mistress he left behind, and stumbles upon a murder, which hurls him into a dark underworld of corruption. 150,000 first printing. BOMC. description: Product Description: With Hitler finally defeated, Jake Geismar, former Berlin correspondent for CBS, has managed to wrangle one of the coveted press slots for the Potsdam Conference. His assignment: a series of articles on the American occupation of postwar Berlin. His personal agenda: to find Lena, the German mistress he left behind at the outbreak of the war. When he stumbles on a murderan American soldier washed up on the shore of the conference groundshe thinks he has found the key that will unlock his Berlin story. What he finds instead is a larger story of corruption and intrigue reaching deep into the heart of the occupation and a city not only physically but morally devastated, where children scavenge for food in the rubble, sex can be had for a cigarette, and the black market is the only means of survival. Berlin at zero hour is like nowhere elsea tragedy, and a feverish party after the end of the world. And nothing is simplenot the murder of a soldier and not any of the lives, American and German, that Jake encounters as he tries to solve it. More unsolvable still is the larger crime that hangs over everything in 1945, a crime so huge it seems beyond punishment. At once a murder mystery, a love story, and a riveting portrait of a unique time and place, The Good German is a historical thriller of the first rank

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