The Second Son

The Second Son

Paperback Detective Inspector Nikolai Hoffner

By (author) Jonathan Rabb

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  • Publisher: St. Martins Press-3pl
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 28mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 3 January 2012
  • ISBN 10: 1250002389
  • ISBN 13: 9781250002389
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,048,506

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On the eve of Hitler's Olympics, Chief Inspector Nikolai Hoffner, a half-Jew, has been forced out of the Kriminalpolizei. Yet his career is the least of his worries. His son Georg is missing, swept up in the sudden outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. Hoffner has already lost his elder son to the Nazis. But Georg is not what he appears to be, and Hoffner is determined to save the one son he can. In the spirit of Joseph Kanon and Alan Furst, Jonathan Rabb has delivered another darkly compelling and atmospheric work.

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Jonathan Rabb is the author of five novels: "The Second Son," "Shadow and Light," "Rosa," "The Overseer," and "The Book of Q." He lives in Savannah, Georgia, with his wife and twin children.

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""The Second Son" is an unusual blend of hard-boiled detective novel and love story . . . the narrative never flags. It proves that first-rate detectives are like good lovers and good novelists: keenly observant, intuitive and tough as nails." --Tara McKelvey, "The New York Times Book Review ""Rabb works wonders, juggling Nazi sympathizers and anarchists and guilty bystanders and innocent warriors with an alacrity few in his generation can maintain . . . Inspector Hoffner flies off into the oncoming darkness, having accomplished Rabb's mission, of carrying to completion this engrossing trilogy on his strong shoulders." --Alan Cheuse, "The Dallas Morning News ""A powerful, shocking and moving novel . . . Rabb is an accomplished storyteller as well as a superb stylist, and the conclusion of his trilogy is at once affecting and effective in its portrayal of the run-up to a global nightmare." --Jay Strafford, "The Richmond Times-Dispatch ""In this stunning conclusion to his Berlin trilogy, Jonathan Rabb delivers a resounding historical tour de force--a brilliant depiction of a society at war with itself in which even the good guys commit brutal acts and no one will walk away unscathed."--"The Washington Post Book World ""Remarkable...A gripping book."--"The Seattle Times ""Rabb's characters are compelling and his prose is hard-boiled and vivid, providing a visceral portrait of the chaos, passion, and futility of Spain's Civil War....Newcomers will want to go back and spend time with Hoffner in his youth and native land."--"Portsmouth Herald" (New Hampshire) "The chaos of the war provides an evocative backdrop for this unlikely, noir-tinged story of a cynical father chasing after his idealistic son . . . This is Alan Furst territory, but it will also resonate for readers of European antiwar fiction, from "All Quiet on the Western Front" to "The Good Soldier Schweik."" --Bill Ott, "Booklist" (starred review) "Gripp