Soho, 2010 (2010)
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Reviewed by Tim Davis
ontinuing in the exemplary form established in
, his two previous John Russell thrillers, author David Downing takes readers again to Nazi Germany. This time, in the final months of 1941, American-British journalist and reluctant espionage agent Russell realizes that '
war speeded up the process of dying ... but tended to slow down everything else.
n the midst of the harrowing, paradoxical processes, Russell, as the action unfolds, finds himself dealing with complicated ethical dilemmas, challenges that can be encapsulated in the following question: Can he do anything to protect his long-time girlfriend (Effi, the talented German movie star), his fourteen-year-old son (Paul, the impressionable young German patriot), and any of the banished Berlin Jews (those now being
by numberless trainloads to uncertain fates in the east), or - when he is confronted by political duplicity, conflicted loyalties, and a celebrity murder - should Russell seek out and report on the truth, as is the duty of a journalist, or should he focus only upon protecting himself by escaping as soon as possible from Hitler's increasingly dangerous Reich?
he answer to that question can be found in the highly recommended
, a superb thriller that vividly portrays a fractured society on the brink of nightmarish disaster.
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