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Set in Berlin just after the end of World War II, a brilliant thriller about the end of one war and the beginning of another, by the bestselling author of Los Alamos.

Berlin, 1945. Jake Geismar, former Berlin correspondent for CBS, has managed to wangle one of the coveted press slots for the Potsdam Conference. His assignment: a series of articles on the American occupation of postwar Berlin. His personal agenda: to find Lena, the German mistress he left behind at the outbreak of the war. When he stumbles on a murder--an American soldier washed up on the shore of the conference grounds--he thinks he has found the key that will unlock his Berlin story. What he finds instead is a larger story of corruption and intrigue reaching deep into the heart of the occupation and a city not only physically but morally devastatated, where children scavenge for food in the rubble, sex can be had for a cigarette, and the black market is the only means of survival.

Berlin at zero hour is like nowhere else--a tragedy, and a feverish party after the end of the world. And nothing is simple--not the murder of a soldier and not any of the lives, American and German, that Jake encounters as he tries to solve it. More unsolvable still is the larger crime that hangs over everything in 1945, a crime so huge it seems beyond punishment.

At once a murder mystery, a love story, and a riveting portrait of a unique time and place, The Good German is a historical thriller of the first rank.

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The Good German
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The Good German
October 10th, 2014
Excellent!! Terrific follow-up to Los Alamos. HOWEVER, KOBO STAFF: The quality of text is disappointing: typos galore, some German words used for English, such as die for the; conversations were run together in single paragraphs; it read as if it were being translated from German back to English on a word processor. Spell check not utilized. Words run together. I have read Los Alamos in hard/paperback form. No issues. So, I recommend this book highly. Just get it somewhere else unless the above problems are not problematic for you. This shoddy quality was an exception to the rule as I have read 100+ KOBO books. Very disappointed. If the next Kanon book reads the same way, I'll ask for a refund. Wonder if I'll get any response from the management.
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