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Publisher Comments:

Now a major motion picture from Warner Brothers, starring George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, and Tobey Maguire.

The bestselling author of Los Alamos and Alibi returns to 1945. Hitler has been defeated, and Berlin is divided into zones of occupation. Jake Geismar, an American correspondent who spent time in the city before the war, has returned to write about the Allied triumph while pursuing a more personal quest: his search for Lena, the married woman he left behind.

When an American soldier's body is found in the Russian zone during the Potsdam Conference, Jake stumbles on the lead to a murder mystery. The Good German is a story of espionage and love, an extraordinary re-creation of a city devastated by war, and a thriller that asks the most profound ethical questions in its exploration of the nature of justice, and what we mean by good and evil in times of peace and of war.

Review:

"Kanon spins an ever-more-riveting thriller that is bolstered by vivid period detail, genuine characters, and a thoughtful exploration of the many layers of postwar German guilt. (Grade: A-)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"What Carol Reed's film The Third Man did for Vienna immediately after World War II, Kanon's superb thriller does for Berlin....Superb popular fiction, combining propulsive narrative drive with a subtle grasp of character and a fine sense of moral ambiguity." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"[T]horoughly captivating, a novel that brings to life the ambiguities at the heart of our country's moral legacy. It also offers the promise of a writer who is fast approaching the complexity and relevance not just of le Carré and Greene but even of Orwell..." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"A terrific book....Kanon is the heir apparent to Graham Greene and early- and mid-passage le Carré, for he writes of moral quandaries that are real and not created to drive a plot....The multilayered story is beautifully told." The Boston Globe

Review:

"[A] lavishly atmospheric thriller overburdened with political and romantic intrigue. Though driven by strong characters and rich historical detail, the book ultimately falters under the weight of a ponderous, edgeless plot." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Gripping....Kanon has written a tale about the untenable choices war entails, and about the moral dangers of demonization. For American readers, the book cuts to the bone..." Newsday

Synopsis:

Kanon's New York Times bestseller is now the basis for the new Warner Bros. film by Steven (Traffic) Soderbergh, starring George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, and Tobey Maguire, scheduled for release in November. American reporter Jake Geismar is sent to Berlin to cover the final Allied summit meeting of World War II and becomes tangled up in a murder mystery.

Synopsis:

 
Now a Major Motion Picture
 
The bestselling author of Los Alamos and Alibi returns to 1945. Hitler has been defeated and Berlin is divided into zones of occupation. Jake Geismar, an American correspondent who spent time in the city before the war, has returned to write about the Allied triumph while pursuing a more personal quest: his search for Lena, the married woman he left behind. The Good German is a story of espionage, love, and murder, an extraordinary re-creation of a city devastated by war, and a thriller that asks the most profound ethical questions in its exploration of the nature of justice and what we mean by good and evil in times of peace and of war.

About the Author

Joseph Kanon is the author of four novels, including Alibi. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a book publishing executive. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312426088
Author:
Kanon, Joseph
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Media Tie-In
Subject:
Thrillers/General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
October 31, 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.22 x 5.5 x 0.875 in

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Product details 512 pages Picador USA - English 9780312426088 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Kanon spins an ever-more-riveting thriller that is bolstered by vivid period detail, genuine characters, and a thoughtful exploration of the many layers of postwar German guilt. (Grade: A-)"
"Review" by , "What Carol Reed's film The Third Man did for Vienna immediately after World War II, Kanon's superb thriller does for Berlin....Superb popular fiction, combining propulsive narrative drive with a subtle grasp of character and a fine sense of moral ambiguity."
"Review" by , "[T]horoughly captivating, a novel that brings to life the ambiguities at the heart of our country's moral legacy. It also offers the promise of a writer who is fast approaching the complexity and relevance not just of le Carré and Greene but even of Orwell..."
"Review" by , "A terrific book....Kanon is the heir apparent to Graham Greene and early- and mid-passage le Carré, for he writes of moral quandaries that are real and not created to drive a plot....The multilayered story is beautifully told."
"Review" by , "[A] lavishly atmospheric thriller overburdened with political and romantic intrigue. Though driven by strong characters and rich historical detail, the book ultimately falters under the weight of a ponderous, edgeless plot."
"Review" by , "Gripping....Kanon has written a tale about the untenable choices war entails, and about the moral dangers of demonization. For American readers, the book cuts to the bone..."
"Synopsis" by , Kanon's New York Times bestseller is now the basis for the new Warner Bros. film by Steven (Traffic) Soderbergh, starring George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, and Tobey Maguire, scheduled for release in November. American reporter Jake Geismar is sent to Berlin to cover the final Allied summit meeting of World War II and becomes tangled up in a murder mystery.
"Synopsis" by ,
 
Now a Major Motion Picture
 
The bestselling author of Los Alamos and Alibi returns to 1945. Hitler has been defeated and Berlin is divided into zones of occupation. Jake Geismar, an American correspondent who spent time in the city before the war, has returned to write about the Allied triumph while pursuing a more personal quest: his search for Lena, the married woman he left behind. The Good German is a story of espionage, love, and murder, an extraordinary re-creation of a city devastated by war, and a thriller that asks the most profound ethical questions in its exploration of the nature of justice and what we mean by good and evil in times of peace and of war.
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