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Ada Public Library DOW (Text) 33500013370440 New Available -
Bagley Public Library DOW (Text) 33500013370457 New Checked out 04/30/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781641291071
  • ISBN: 1641291079
  • Physical Description: 325 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2021]

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General Note:
"A prequel to The John Russell novels."--Cover.
Summary, etc.:
"Germany, 1933. The world is not yet at war, but the influence of the Nazi party is spreading like wildfire through Berlin. The prequel to the bestselling Station series introduces us to John Russell, an Englishman with a political past who must keep his head down as the Nazis solidify their power. The Reichstag parliament building has burned down, just four weeks after Hitler's appointment as German Chancellor. The torching will be used to justify the Nazi reign which followed. John Russell's recent separation from his wife is threatening his right to reside in Germany, and any meaningful relationship with his six year-old son Paul. He has just secured work as a crime reporter on a Berlin newspaper, and three of the stories with which he becomes involved - the gruesome murder of a rent boy, the apparently accidental running over of a professional genealogist, the suspicious disappearance of a Nazi-supporting celebrity fortune-teller - may not look alike in any way, but are seemingly connected. All these investigations carry the risk of Russell falling foul of the authorities at a time when the rule of law has completely vanished and the Nazis are running scores of pop-up detention centres complete with torture chambers in every corner of Berlin."--Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 October #1
    *Starred Review* Downing's Station series, named after various stops on Berlin's U-Bahn mass-transit system, moves back in time with an evocative prequel that begins with the Reichstag fire in 1933, four weeks after Hitler became chancellor of Germany. Former communist John Russell, the half-English, half-American series hero, is working as a crime reporter for a liberal Berlin newspaper, separated from his wife but hoping to spend as much time as possible with his young son, Paul, before the past catches up with him. As Russell works three stories—the murder of a homosexual prostitute, the disappearance of a fortune-teller, and the hit-and-run death of a genealogist—he finds that most criminal activity in Berlin is either perpetrated or sanctioned by the SA, Hitler's paramilitary wing. With the Nazis moving to close down the liberal press, Russell struggles to write the truth without endangering his paper or his life. (Once the existence of facts is denied, he says, everything was a lie . . . but power and the will to use it.) As with many prequels, Wedding Station is ripe with foreshadowing, not only of what is to come for Russell and his loved ones during the war, but also of the larger horrors that are only just beginning. We leave this chillingly resonant novel with the jackboot falling and Russell nursing a resistance of the heart, one that might someday find expression on the streets. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

David Downing grew up in suburban London. He is the author of six books in the John Russell “Station” series, set in WWII Berlin, as well as four WWI espionage novels in the Jack McColl series and the thriller The Red Eagles. He lives with his wife, an American acupuncturist, in Guildford, England.

Subject: Reichstagsgebäude (Berlin, Germany) > Fire, 1933 > Fiction.
Russell, John (Fictitious character) > Fiction.
Reporters and reporting > Fiction.
Criminal investigation > Fiction.
Germany > History > 1933-1945 > Fiction.
Berlin (Germany) > Fiction.
Russell, John (Fictitious character)
Germany > Berlin.
World War, 1939-1945 > Fiction.
Berlin (Germany) > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Historical fiction.
Action and adventure fiction.

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