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A Night of Long Knives (Hannah Vogel)by Rebecca Cantrell
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Journalist Hannah Vogel has vowed to never again set foot in her homeland of Germany while the Nazis are still in power. She has good reason: three years ago in 1931, she kidnapped her “son,” Anton, from the man claiming to be his father--Ernst Rohm, head of the Nazis' SA. A powerful man not to be trifled with, Hannah knows that Rohm will never stop searching for them.
Hannah is asked to write about a zeppelin journey from South America to Switzerland, but Switzerland turns out to be too close. The zeppelin is diverted to Munich, where Hannah and Anton are kidnapped and, to Hannah's horror, separated.
Its unlucky timing for Rohm, however. Hitler has ordered the execution of Rohm and hundreds of his storm troopers and is determined to wipe out any remaining traces of his name. The Night of the Long Knives has begun.
When Rohm is killed before Hannah can ascertain Antons whereabouts, she desperately enlists all of her remaining sources and friends to locate Anton before the Nazis do. And the Gestapo is closing in…
Thrilling and powerful, A Night of Long Knives breathtakingly recreates a shattered and betrayed city as it plunges into darkness.
"Cantrell's sequel to her acclaimed debut, A Trace of Smoke (2009), will disappoint those expecting a realistic portrayal of 1934 Nazi Germany. When the zeppelin transporting journalist Hannah Vogel and her adopted son, Anton, to Switzerland lands in Germany instead, the pair are captured by Ernst Rhm, head of the paramilitary SA, who claims to be the boy's father. Hannah manages to get away from Rhm through the coincidental intervention of Hitler himself, who happens to enter Rhm's hotel room to have him arrested at just the right time. The plot focuses on Hannah's search for Anton, with a murder mystery thrown in two-thirds of the way through. Full of miraculous escapes, the novel comes across as a far-fetched thriller rather than a serious effort to convey the tightening Nazi grip. Readers interested in suspenseful books set during the same period in Europe will find Alan Furst's spy series (Shadow Trade, etc.) more rewarding. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The purge of Nazi stormtroopers in 1930s Berlin sweeps up journalist Hannah Vogel and separates her from her child, Anton. As Vogel desperately enlists the help of her sources and friends, the shattered and betrayed city plunges into darkness.
About the Author
Rebecca Cantrell majored in German, Creative Writing, and History at the Freie Universitaet of Berlin and Carnegie Mellon University. She currently lives in Hawaii with her husband and son.
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