City of Shadows

City of Shadows

eBook - 2005
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Berlin, 1922: A city of fading beauty plagued by unemployment and rampant inflation becomes home to a growing number of refugees. Esther Solomonova survives by working as secretary to her fellow Russian émigré, "Prince" Nick, a scheming cabaret owner. Always on the prowl for a deal, Nick smells money when he hears of a woman in an asylum claiming to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia, daughter of the Russian Czar, the lone member of her family to escape assassination by the Bolsheviks. Enlisting a highly suspicious Esther, Nick plans to prepare the woman--known as Anna Anderson--to claim the Romanov fortune.

But Anna is being hunted. Or so she claims. At first Esther believes Anna's fears to be just in her imagination--until innocent people around them begin to die. Together with a German police officer, a dogged inspector named Schmidt, Esther tries to discover who wants Anna dead--and why. Yet the deeper she and Schmidt dig, the more they realize that their own lives are at risk.

Deeply atmospheric, peopled with rich, complex characters, City of Shadows is an enthralling novel.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2005
ISBN: 9780143181217
0143181211
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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GLNovak
Nov 09, 2012

This was an intriguing murder mystery with a definite twist. Set in Berlin just after the Great War, a woman shows up in an insane asylum claiming to be Anastasia, heir to the Romanov dynasty. She fears the Cheka and is totally uncooperative in any attempt to question her to verify her story. Events move slowly forward against the backdrop of the rise of Hitler and his Nazi party. Parts of the narrative send shivers up your spine when you realize how the nation was taken over seemingly so easily. Good story and a good read.

kpalichuk Aug 04, 2010

I wasn't so sure about this title; I've recently discovered her 'mistress of the art of death' series and really enjoyed them, so i was predisposed to like this one.
I had a very, very hard time getting into the story. I'm not sure what it was - maybe the pacing? however, once i got into Part 2, I was hooked, and wanted to re-read it immediately upon finishing it. interesting twist at the end, though in retrospect the clues were there.

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