City of Shadows
A cultured city scarred by war. . . . An eastern émigré with scars and secrets of her own. . . . A young woman claiming to be a Russian grand duchess. . . . A brazen killer, as vicious as he is clever. . . . A detective driven by decency and the desire for justice.. . . A nightmare political... show more
A cultured city scarred by war. . . . An eastern émigré with scars and secrets of her own. . . . A young woman claiming to be a Russian grand duchess. . . . A brazen killer, as vicious as he is clever. . . . A detective driven by decency and the desire for justice.. . . A nightmare political movement steadily gaining power. . . . This is 1922 Berlin.One of the troubled city's growing number of refugees, Esther Solomonova survives by working as secretary to the charming, unscrupulous cabaret owner "Prince" Nick, and she's being drawn against her will into his scheme to pass a young asylum patient off as Anastasia, the last surviving heir to the murdered czar of all Russia. But their found "princess," Anna Anderson, fears that she's being hunted—and this may turn out to be more than paranoia when innocent people all around her begin to die.
Publish date: February 6th 2007
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages no: 422
Edition language: English
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
can I give it 6 stars? Pre-WWII Berlin, mystery, history, kick-ass surprise (no spoiling here)It was a Bong book. . .
I really like Ariana Franklin's books, I'm sad there will be no more of them. I think what I like best about them are the wonderful complex, flawed, unpredictable characters. Also there are usually at least one or two scenes in each book where I suddenly feel like I've been transported to the time...
This is a terrific historical fiction book filled with suspense and intrigue and surprises. I found the beginning a little slow, but I kept on and am so glad I did. The era of Germany between the two World Wars is the setting and Ariana Franklin's intelligent portrayal of this difficult time is fa...
This was a really wonderful novel. I loved the rich historical details and the way even the smallest characters were well drawn. I took away a star because I did not care for the time shift in the middle of the book - to me the second half felt rather rushed, and I was very invested in the origina...
This is a wonderful gripping read. Set in the hyperinflationary, chaotic Berlin of the 1920s, and filled with characters that would be at home in any Eric Ambler, Franklin paints a picture of Berlin in the worst throes of economic collapse. Nick is a night club owner, favorite of those in power, tho...