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The Elegant Lie

The Elegant Lie

The year is 1949. In the bombed-out ruins of Cologne, Hanno Dasch is king. Director of the most successful black market operation in post-war Germany, Dasch has kept his clients supplied with goods so extravagant and rare that they were almost impossible to find even at the heigh... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780571335695
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Published 4 March 2019 by Faber and Faber
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Main
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Author(s) By Eastland, Sam
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ISBN-13 9780571335695
ISBN-10 0571335691
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Faber and Faber
Imprint Faber & Faber
Publication Date 4 March 2019
International Publication Date 7 February 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Main
Edition Main
Author(s) By Eastland, Sam
Category Espionage & Spy Thriller Fiction
World History: Postwar, From C 1945 -
International Relations
War Crimes
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 278g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Germany - Fiction - History - 1945-1955
NBS Text Crime, Thriller & Adventure
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 960408

Description of this Book

The year is 1949. In the bombed-out ruins of Cologne, Hanno Dasch is king. Director of the most successful black market operation in post-war Germany, Dasch has kept his clients supplied with goods so extravagant and rare that they were almost impossible to find even at the height of Germany's conquests. Nobody but Dasch, his enigmatic daughter and the war criminal he keeps as his bodyguard know how he does it. None of this has escaped the attention of Allied Intelligence, who face not only the systemic corruption of a country where everything is in short supply, but the growing threat of Stalin's KGB. Fearing that Dasch will soon expand his business to include dealings with Russia, and invite the further meddling of Russian agents in the west, the CIA sets in motion an undercover operation to infiltrate and, ultimately, destroy Dasch's empire. A disgraced American Army officer, Nathan Carter, is recruited to approach Dasch and to ingratiate himself with promises of stolen army supplies. As Carter moves further and further into the labyrinth of Dasch's world, it soon becomes clear that the black market ring has already been compromised, but by someone even more dangerous than the Russians. Carter stumbles upon a counterfeiting ring, with whom Dasch has unwittingly gone into business, which seems to have been created with the sole purpose of destroying the Soviet economy, something it could easily do with the superlative quality of the forged bills it is producing. With Carter caught in the middle, and facing the danger that his cover might be blown at any moment, a race begins between the Russian and American spy agencies to uncover who is responsible, before the situation escalates to war.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Praise for Berlin Red This catch-your-breath spy thriller, its vivid history and romantic backstory make this compulsive reading. --Booklist A tremendous victory for suspense--well plotted, historically evocative, beautifully written, and -addictive. --Library Journal
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Paul Watkins, aka Sam Eastland, was educated at Eton and Yale, and now lives in the United States. He is the grandson of a London police detective.

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