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Shadow and Light: A Novel

Shadow and Light: A Novel

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By (author) Jonathan Rabb, Narrator Simon Prebble

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 173mm x 25mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 28 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1400142172
  • ISBN 13: 9781400142170
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Library ed

Product description

Berlin, between the two world wars. When an executive at the renowned Ufa film studios is found dead floating in his office bathtub, it falls to Nikolai Hoffner, a chief inspector in the Kriminalpolizei, to investigate. With the help of Fritz Lang (the German director) and Alby Pimm (leader of the most powerful crime syndicate in Berlin), Hoffner finds his case taking him beyond the world of film and into the far more treacherous landscape of Berlin's sex and drug trade, the rise of Hitler's Brownshirts (the SA), and the even more astonishing attempts by onetime monarchists to rearm a post-Versailles Germany. Being swept up in the case are Hoffner's new lover, an American talent agent for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and his two sons: Georg, who has dropped out of school to work at Ufa, and Sascha, his angry, older son, who, unknown to his father, has become fully entrenched in the new German Workers Party as the aide to its Berlin leader, Joseph Goebbels. "Shadow and Light" is brilliant and atmospheric, and hard to put down or shake off. Like Joseph Kanon or Alan Furst, Rabb magically fuses a smart, energetic narrative with layers of fascinating, vividly documented history. The result is a stunning historical thriller, created by a writer to celebrate--and contend with.

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Author information

Jonathan Rabb is the author of the novels "Rosa," "The Overseer," and "The Book of Q." One of "AudioFile" magazine's Golden Voices, Simon Prebble has received over twenty Earphones Awards and five Listen-Up Awards, and he has been a finalist fourteen times for an Audie Award. In 2006, "Publishers Weekly" named him Narrator of the Year, and he was named "Booklist"'s 2010 Voice of Choice.

Review quote

""Viciously imaginative, chillingly plausible, Rabb's novel re-awakens Berlin in the 1920s."" ---Jason Goodwin, author of The Bellini Card