Nazi's Wife

Nazi's Wife

3.28 (14 ratings by Goodreads)
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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 150 x 230mm
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0246130229
  • 9780246130228

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A disheveled thriller-cum-love story set in post-WW II Austria and Germany, from the author of the non-fiction The Caravaggio Conspiracy (1983) and Twins (1981). Walter Wolff, US Army lieutenant, has been charged with rooting out Rudolf von Zell, a high-ranking Nazi gone underground. Von Zell is believed to be sneaking Third Reich heavies out of Germany to safety in South America, funding his pipeline with a cache of stolen gold coins. Wolff's initial legwork turns up promising leads: von Zell's ties to certain Austrian vineyards; a mysterious classified ad; a fearsome pack of Nazis on the lam, perhaps a link in von Zell's conduit. Wolff next concentrates his smarmy skills on cracking von Zell's wife, Konstanze, who's convinced three lesser investigators that she doesn't know where her husband is. Thanks to a conveniently available stack of her love letters, Wolff meets his gorgeous adversary well-versed in her tastes and the saccharine sensibilities that lurk beneath her icy poise. Pretending to share her favorite composers (Schubert and Bruckner) and her attachment to anniversaries, Wolff begins to thaw Konstanze even before he lures her into his BMW convertible. Several day-trips later, entranced by one another's good looks and brilliant conversation, the couple teeter on the brink of a Grand Passion. Will the newly panting pair throw off their respective responsibilities to live happily ever after? Rest assured, Wolff remains a company man. The interrogation turned dream-date ends with a deflating revelation that wins Wolff's C.O. a nice promotion. And what of the vineyards? the ads? the Nazis? They're all irrelevant once Konstanze has coughed up the tiny ending. All in all, nice descriptions of Austria's baroque beauty and occasionally deft characterizations are not enough to prop up this hopelessly sagging plot. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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