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Publisher's Summary

With World War II finally ending, Jake Geismar, former Berlin correspondent for CBS, has wangled one of the coveted press slots for the Potsdam Conference. His assignment: a series of articles on the Allied occupation. His personal agenda: to find Lena, the German mistress he left behind at the outbreak of the war. When Jake stumbles on a murder - an American soldier washes up on the conference grounds - he thinks he has found the key that will unlock his Berlin story. What Jake finds instead is a larger story of corruption and intrigue reaching deep into the heart of the occupation. Berlin in July 1945 is like nowhere else - a tragedy, and a feverish party after the end of the world. As Jake searches the ruins for Lena, he discovers that years of war have led to unimaginable displacement and degradation. As he hunts for the soldier's killer, he learns that Berlin has become a city of secrets, a lunar landscape that seethes with social and political tension. When the two searches become entangled, Jake comes to understand that the American military government is already fighting a new enemy in the east, busily identifying the "good Germans" who can help with the next war. And hanging over everything is the larger crime, a crime so huge that it seems - the worst irony - beyond punishment.
©2001 Joseph Kanon, All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Thoroughly captivating, a novel that brings to life the ambiguities at the heart of our country's moral legacy." (The New York Times)
"[A] lavishly atmospheric thriller...driven by strong characters and rich historical detail." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Steven on 10-27-05

The Real Crime!!

This is a great novel, filled with historial insight. The real crime, however is presenting it in an abridged format. The full novel runs something like 16 or 17 CD's, so this abridgement guts the book.

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By Stevon on 12-29-06

A good listen

I really enjoyed this book but wish I could've listened to the unabridged version, I always feel cheated with abridged versions, I want to know what else was written. It was very interesting having Berlin described just at the end of WWII when it apparently was much like a moonscape with all the destruction. The Russians, Americans, Brits, and Germans in a time of chaos. The love story was good, too.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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