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A gripping historical thriller from the author of Leaving Berlin

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A mesmerising tale of old Hollywood glamour and post-war espionage from the bestselling author of The Good German.

Hollywood, 1945. Ben Collier returns from war to the news that his filmmaker brother Daniel has died in mysterious circumstances -- the papers say it was an accident, but others suspect suicide. Daniel was a heroic figure who helped many prominent German intellectuals escape Europe before the war and then settled in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife, Liesl. Why would a man with such a bright future take his own life? Could he have been murdered?

Ben is determined to uncover the truth and uses his friendship with Continental Studios boss Sol Lasner to penetrate the maze of studio politics and Hollywood secrets. Beneath the surface shine of the movie business lies a darker world where even the biggest stars and star-makers are vulnerable to old secrets being exposed and old loyalties tested . . .

About The Author

© Chad Griffith

Joseph Kanon is the Edgar Award-winning author of The Berlin Exchange, The Accomplice, Defectors, Leaving Berlin, Istanbul Passage, Stardust, Alibi, The Prodigal Spy, Los Alamos and The Good German, which was made into a major film starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. Other awards include the Hammett Award of the International Association of Crime Writers and the Human Writes Award of the Anne Frank Foundation. He lives in New York City. Visit him online at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (June 24, 2010)
  • Length: 512 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780857201966

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