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In the most ingenious and provocative thriller yet from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, a conscience-plagued mobster turned government hitman struggles to find his moral compass amid rampant treachery and betrayal in 1936 Berlin.

Paul Schumann, a German American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hitman known as much for his brilliant tactics as for taking only "righteous" assignments. But then Paul gets caught. And the arresting officer offers him a stark choice: prison or covert government service. Paul is asked to pose as a journalist covering the summer Olympics taking place in Berlin. He's to hunt down and kill Reinhard Ernst — the ruthless architect of Hitler's clandestine rearmament. If successful, Paul will be pardoned and given the financial means to go legit; if he refuses the job, his fate will be Sing Sing and the electric chair.

Paul travels to Germany, takes a room in a boardinghouse near the Tiergarten — the huge park in central Berlin but also, literally, the "Garden of Beasts" — and begins his hunt. In classic Deaver fashion, the next forty-eight hours are a feverish cat-and-mouse chase, as Paul stalks Ernst through Berlin while a dogged Berlin police officer and the entire Third Reich apparatus search frantically for the American.

Garden of Beasts is packed with fascinating period detail and features a cast of perfectly realized locals, Olympic athletes and senior Nazi officials — some real, some fictional. With hairpin plot twists, the reigning "master of ticking-bomb suspense" (People) plumbs the nerve-jangling paranoia of prewar Berlin and steers the story to a breathtaking and wholly unpredictable ending.

Review:

"This is prime Deaver, which means prime entertainment." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Just the thing for readers who'd like to channel their frustration over the current geopolitical mess into the traditional American values of cleverness, adaptability, and vigilante violence in the best of all possible causes." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Readers looking for the author's usual startling plot twists will not be disappointed." Booklist

Review:

"It's an excellent mystery thriller, filled with Deaver's usual deep research and superior writing, but one that may be a bit too subtle for some of his fans." San Jose Mercury News

Review:

"It contains some of Deaver's best writing to date.... This is a fascinating thriller, as well as a cautionary tale of the dangers of appeasement and ambivalence." Bookreporter.com

Review:

"Like its protagonist, Garden of Beasts is solid, methodical and brutally honest with itself." Rocky Mountain News

Synopsis:

In the most ingenious and provocative thriller yet from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, a conscience-plagued mobster turned government hitman struggles to find his moral compass amid rampant treachery and betrayal in 1936 Berlin.

Paul Schumann, a German American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hitman known as much for his brilliant tactics as for taking only "righteous" assignments. But then Paul gets caught. And the arresting officer offers him a stark choice: prison or covert government service. Paul is asked to pose as a journalist covering the summer Olympics taking place in Berlin. He's to hunt down and kill Reinhard Ernst — the ruthless architect of Hitler's clandestine rearmament. If successful, Paul will be pardoned and given the financial means to go legit; if he refuses the job, his fate will be Sing Sing and the electric chair.

Paul travels to Germany, takes a room in a boardinghouse near the Tiergarten — the huge park in central Berlin but also, literally, the "Garden of Beasts" — and begins his hunt. In classic Deaver fashion, the next forty-eight hours are a feverish cat-and-mouse chase, as Paul stalks Ernst through Berlin while a dogged Berlin police officer and the entire Third Reich apparatus search frantically for the American.

Garden of Beasts is packed with fascinating period detail and features a cast of perfectly realized locals, Olympic athletes and senior Nazi officials — some real, some fictional. With hairpin plot twists, the reigning "master of ticking-bomb suspense" (People) plumbs the nerve-jangling paranoia of prewar Berlin and steers the story to a breathtaking and wholly unpredictable ending.

Synopsis:

In his most provocative "New York Times" bestseller yet, Deaver introduces a German-American hit man who goes deep undercover at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin with orders to assassinate Hitler's right-hand man.

About the Author

Deaver attended the University of Missouri, and received his law degree from Fordham University in New York. In 1990 he quit practicing law to write full time.

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Rich the Reader, January 6, 2013 (view all comments by Rich the Reader)
Wonderful book. Made me feel like I was in 1936. Great use of little details to set the place, both in America and Germany. Some cool twists. The tragedy of a world done a little mad. I've recommended it to everyone.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743437820
Author:
Deaver, Jeffery
Publisher:
Pocket Star Books
Author:
Deaver, Jeffrey
Subject:
Criminals
Subject:
History
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B101
Publication Date:
February 2005
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pg tsr
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in 9.38 oz

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Product details 576 pages Pocket Star Books - English 9780743437820 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This is prime Deaver, which means prime entertainment." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Just the thing for readers who'd like to channel their frustration over the current geopolitical mess into the traditional American values of cleverness, adaptability, and vigilante violence in the best of all possible causes."
"Review" by , "Readers looking for the author's usual startling plot twists will not be disappointed."
"Review" by , "It's an excellent mystery thriller, filled with Deaver's usual deep research and superior writing, but one that may be a bit too subtle for some of his fans."
"Review" by , "It contains some of Deaver's best writing to date.... This is a fascinating thriller, as well as a cautionary tale of the dangers of appeasement and ambivalence."
"Review" by , "Like its protagonist, Garden of Beasts is solid, methodical and brutally honest with itself."
"Synopsis" by , In the most ingenious and provocative thriller yet from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, a conscience-plagued mobster turned government hitman struggles to find his moral compass amid rampant treachery and betrayal in 1936 Berlin.

Paul Schumann, a German American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hitman known as much for his brilliant tactics as for taking only "righteous" assignments. But then Paul gets caught. And the arresting officer offers him a stark choice: prison or covert government service. Paul is asked to pose as a journalist covering the summer Olympics taking place in Berlin. He's to hunt down and kill Reinhard Ernst — the ruthless architect of Hitler's clandestine rearmament. If successful, Paul will be pardoned and given the financial means to go legit; if he refuses the job, his fate will be Sing Sing and the electric chair.

Paul travels to Germany, takes a room in a boardinghouse near the Tiergarten — the huge park in central Berlin but also, literally, the "Garden of Beasts" — and begins his hunt. In classic Deaver fashion, the next forty-eight hours are a feverish cat-and-mouse chase, as Paul stalks Ernst through Berlin while a dogged Berlin police officer and the entire Third Reich apparatus search frantically for the American.

Garden of Beasts is packed with fascinating period detail and features a cast of perfectly realized locals, Olympic athletes and senior Nazi officials — some real, some fictional. With hairpin plot twists, the reigning "master of ticking-bomb suspense" (People) plumbs the nerve-jangling paranoia of prewar Berlin and steers the story to a breathtaking and wholly unpredictable ending.

"Synopsis" by , In his most provocative "New York Times" bestseller yet, Deaver introduces a German-American hit man who goes deep undercover at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin with orders to assassinate Hitler's right-hand man.
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