10/series. Nazi Berlin, 1930’s: Young Paul Christopher watches uncomprehendingly as his mother is swept into the orbit of the psychopathic Heydrich. At the same time, he is befriended by a girl he comes to love, who turns out to be just enough Jewish to be pressured by Heydrich’s thugs. McCarry’s descriptions of interrogations by the SS officer Franz Stutzel are chillingly real. The hopeful escape of the two young people across the Baltic is pure tragedy. And the grand finale will keep you pinned to this book until the last words. A must-read 5 for lovers of carefully-crafted international thrillers, and all the better if you read the entire compelling series.
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