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Il giardino delle belve (titolo originale garden of beasts: a novel of… (original 2004; edition 2011)

by Jeffery Deaver, Maura Parolini (Translator), Matteo Curtoni (Translator)

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Title:Il giardino delle belve (titolo originale garden of beasts: a novel of Berlin 1936)
Authors:Jeffery Deaver
Other authors:Maura Parolini (Translator), Matteo Curtoni (Translator)
Info:BUR edizione 2011
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Garden of Beasts by Jeffery Deaver (2004)



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An American hit man is hired to kill one of Hitler's elite in an attempt to keep the Hitler war machine from growing. He enters Germany in 1938 under the guise of a reporter traveling with the American Olympic team. A fast-paced story, the action of this entire book takes place in just over 24 hours. It was an amazing story and I loved it!
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  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
Paul Schumann is a mob hit man. He’s set up by the Feds and captured then offered a choice between working for them to assassinate a key Nazi official, Reinhold Ernst, or face the gas chamber. Sent to Germany under the cover of a journalist following the Olympics in Berlin, he’s soon involved in a serious cat-and-mouse game for a Nazi sympathizer has sent an anonymous note to the German High Command indicating that a “Russian” (Paul is supposed to use a forged Russian passport to escape following the assassination) will cause some damage to some unnamed important official.

Paul has been chosen because he speaks almost native German and is a very careful, precise hitman. But he doesn’t have the cultural background of Nazi Germany in 1936 and little things, like whistling for a taxi, which no German would have done, provide clues for his pursuers. Deaver must have done considerable research to provide details like the “Hitler clothing” that help provide a good sense of time and place.) For example: Morgan said softly, “Don’t use that word here. It will give you away. ‘Nazi’ is Bavarian slang for ‘simpleton.’ The proper abbreviation is ‘Nazo,’ but you don’t hear that much either. Say ‘National Socialist.’ Some people use the initials, NSDAP. Or you can refer to the ‘Party.’ And say it reverently. . . .

After Paul and his contact are forced to kill an SA agent, Inspector Kohl (a brilliant cop who expertly maneuvers his way across the conflicting SD, Gestapo, SA, and SS interference which threaten to muck up his investigation) enters the case and now Paul is being sought by multiple agencies sometimes working at cross-purposes. And can Paul trust his American handlers? Great plot, well executed.

Everything in the novel rings true except the conversations between Ernst, Himmler, Hitler, and Goering. A couple other minor things that bugged me. We’re all used to the phrases “Heil, Hitler,” and “Grüß Gott”, but here both are translated quite literally so they come out “Hail Hitler” and “Greeting God” which, ironically, rang very false to my ear. Better to have left them in their German form. But I quibble. Very engaging story. ( )
  ecw0647 | Dec 28, 2015 |
Jeffery Deaver’s WWII thriller novel

This novel deals with a gangster’s henchman being sent to Germany to assassinate a prominent Nazi. Main characters include a police detective investigating a murder in Berlin, an important member of the Nazi regime, a spiv and a landlady. The inevitable double-crosses, denunciations and twists follow with surprising effect.

This did not engage me in the way that other Deaver novels have done in the past. I was particularly annoyed by the dumbing-down of familiar German terms into English: Heil Hitler becomes Hail Hitler, Mein Fuhrer becomes My Leader and the Third Reich becomes the Third Empire!

Although quite engaging, I did not enjoy this as much as many of the author’s other works
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  PaulAllard | Dec 9, 2015 |
This was a really pleasant surprise. It has sat on a shelf waiting patiently whilst other Deaver's jumped up the reading queue. But it finally arrived at the top spot and I found it excellent. As is to be expected from Deaver, the writing and the plotting are exceptional, but this time, it was the characterisation that really drew me into the book. Essentially a policeman is hunting an assassin who is hunting a target, but we are in Germany in the late thirties and Deaver builds empathy with all three key characters, even though one is a Mafia killer and another is ... (That would be telling!).
The story of the chase is compelling with lots of beautifully delivered twists and turns.

Highly recommended! ( )
  johnwbeha | Nov 18, 2015 |
If I weren't already a huge fan of Jeffery Deaver, I absolutely would be after reading this book.

Something completely different from his other books I've read, but very interesting. Whether the plot (American hitman is hired/forced to try to assasinate a high-ranked German officer) is plausible, I don't know. Maybe in mordern times, but I'm not sure if things like that were done in the late 1930's.
Nevertheless this book is great: the description of the stmosphere, of how ordinary people live their lives in pre-war Germany; the tension is nearly tangible while reading.
This is how I imagine live back then would have been.

Absolutely recommended! ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Feb 20, 2015 |
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Pol Šuman, Amerikanac nemačkog porekla, koji živi u Njujorku 1936. godine, plaćeni je ubica poznat, koliko po svojoj brilijantnoj taktici, toliko po prihvatanju samo ¨pravednih¨ zadataka. Ali, onda Pol biva uhvaćen. Inspektor, koji ga hapsi, nudi mu krajnji izbor: zatvor ili tajna vladina služba. Od Pola se tražilo da, predstavljajući se kao novinar, izveštava o letnjim Olimpijskim igrama koje su se održavale u Berlinu. Njegov zadatak bio je da pronađe i ubije Rajnharda Ernsta – nemilosrdnog izumitelja Hitlerovog tajnog naoružanja. Ukoliko uspešno završi zadatak, Pol će biti pomilovan i dobiće finansijsku nadoknadu da nastavi zakonit život; ako odbije posao, čeka ga Sing Sing i električna stolica. Pol odlazi u Nemačku, iznajmljuje sobu u pansionu blizu Tirgartena – velikog parka u centralnom Berlinu, a doslovno prevedeno „vrt zveri” – i otpočinje svoju poteru. Narednih četrdeset osam sati su, u klasičnom Diverovom stilu, grozničava jurnjava mačke i miša – dok Pol uhodi Ernsta po Berlinu, uporni berlinski inspektor, sa čitavom mašinerijom Trećeg rajha, očajnički traga za Amerikancem. Vrt zveri je prepun fascinantnih opisa detalja tog perioda i oslikava savršeno shvaćeno lokalno stanovništvo, učesnike Olimpijade i starije nacističke službenike – neke stvarne, neke izmišljene. Sa preokretima u zapletu, vodeći „majstor do poslednjeg trenutka, neizvesnih situacija” (Pipl) odmerava paranoično uzburkavanje pulsa predratnog Berlina i vodi priču ka potpuno nepredvidivom kraju koji oduzima dah.
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"[Berlin] was full of whispers. The told of illegal midnight arrests, of prisoners tortured in the S.A. barracks...They were drowned by the loud angry voices of the Government, contradicting through its thousand mouths." Christopher Isherwood, Berlin Stories
To the memories of Hans and Sophie Scholl, brother and sister, executed in 1943 for anti-Nazi protests; journalist Carl von Ossietzky, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1935 while imprisoned in Oranienburg camp; and Wilhelm Kruzfeld, a Berlin police officer who refused to let a mob destroy a synagogue during the Nazi-sponsored anti-Jewish riots known as the Night of Broken Glass... four people who looked at evil and said, "No."
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As soon as he stepped into the dim apartment he knew he was dead.
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Overal [in Berlijn] werd gefluisterd. Over mensen die in het holst van de nacht werden opgepakt, gevangenen die in de SA-barakken werden gemarteld ... Het gefluister ver- dronnk in de luide, boze stemmen van de regering, die het haar duizend kelen tegensprak. Christopher Isherwood, Berlin Stories
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Jeffery Deaver's Garden of Beasts introduces anti-hero Paul Schumann, a notorious rubout man for the New York Mafia known for his cold and professional approach to his job. But the jig is up when he is duped by high-ranking feds who give him a choice--prison or one more impossible job: assassinate the man who's running Hitler's plan for rearming Germany. The hard-nosed German-American lands on the streets of Berlin where immediately the best-laid plans of the United States Government go awry. Schumman finds himself in a city living in fear, tracked by Berlin's best homicide detective. As the intricate chase wears on, both men will discover that the greatest evil is the ascendant Nazi party.

Deaver's novel, equal parts noir thriller and historical extrapolation, is a page-turner that offers a twisting visceral experience of the tension in Berlin during that fateful summer. He draws sympathetic portraits of everyday Germans caught between duty to country and their consciences. Into this mix, Deaver drops his coldly dangerous hitman who brawls with brownshirts, chums with Olympic athletes, collaborates with criminals, fraternizes with poets, and discovers the hero inside his hardened soul. --Jeremy Pugh

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When starting a new book by author Jeffery Deaver, expect to have the wool pulled over your eyes. His plots twist and turn and juke and jive like no others, never ending as expected and always including a jaw-dropping plot development. His latest effort, Garden of Beasts, is no exception. Amazon.com caught up with Deaver to discuss plotting, characters, and the perils of soap opera acting.

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Reputed for his vow to take only morally righteous assignments in 1936 New York City, a German American hit man is forced by the government to pose as an Olympic contender and kill a member of Hitler's regime.

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