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The Good German (original 2001; edition 2004)
by Joseph Kanon
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312426089, Paperback)This compelling thriller is both a touching love story and a masterful portrayal of the struggle for geopolitical control of postwar Germany. Network correspondent Jake Geismar, who covered Berlin before the war, has returned to the devastated city, ostensibly to cover the Potsdam Conference but actually to find the woman he loves. Miraculously, Lena Brandt, Jake's wartime mistress, has survived. However, her mathematician husband is missing, and both the American and Russian intelligence services are hunting him. When the bullet-ridden body of an American soldier washes up on the shores of Potsdam in front of Jake's eyes just as Truman, Churchill, and Stalin convene the first postwar conference, Jake is plunged into a maelstrom of intrigue, corruption, and betrayal.
A brilliantly evoked portrait of a unique moment in history (the end of one war and the beginning of another), The Good German amply fulfills the promise shown by Joseph Kanon in his two earlier novels, Los Alamos and The Prodigal Spy. --Jane Adams
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:39:43 -0400)
In 1945 Jake Geismar, an American correspondent who spent time in Berlin before the war, has returned to write about the Allied triumph while pursing a more personal quest: his search for Lena, the married woman he left behind.
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