City of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense (Paperback)

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Two enormously interesting and likeable characters are the main
characters of this mystery set in Berlin in the 1920's. Esther, a
scarred ex-Romanov servant who works as a secretary for nightclub owner
"Prince" Nick Protrovskov and the very decent Police Inspector Schmidt.
Berliners are suffering from hyper-inflation, shame arising from their
defeat in World War I and are about to begin a love affair with Hitler.
There is a hectic, Cabaret-esque mood to the town and Jews are just
beginning to realize that they may be the scapegoats for the dismal
situation in Germany. Two questions drive the plot: Did one of the
Czar's daughters survive the massacres of the royal family at
Ekaterinburg? And who is the hulking murderer slaughtering women in the
German capital? I loved this mystery and feel that Franklin paints a
vivid picture of Germany and its people during a time of aggressive

— Julie


A cultured city scarred by war. . . . An eastern émigré with scars and secrets of her own. . . . A young woman claiming to be a Russian grand duchess. . . . A brazen killer, as vicious as he is clever. . . . A detective driven by decency and the desire for justice.

. . . A nightmare political movement steadily gaining power. . . .

This is 1922 Berlin.

One of the troubled city's growing number of refugees, Esther Solomonova survives by working as secretary to the charming, unscrupulous cabaret owner "Prince" Nick, and she's being drawn against her will into his scheme to pass a young asylum patient off as Anastasia, the last surviving heir to the murdered czar of all Russia. But their found "princess," Anna Anderson, fears that she's being hunted—and this may turn out to be more than paranoia when innocent people all around her begin to die.

About the Author

Ariana Franklin was the award-winning author of Mistress of the Art of Death and the critically acclaimed, bestselling medieval thriller series of the same name, as well as the twentieth-century thriller City of Shadows. She died in 2011, while writing The Siege Winter.

Praise For…

“Engrossing thriller...Franklin deftly orchestrates her characters on and off the world’s stage, building suspense to a dramatic, surprising finish.”
— Publishers Weekly

— Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060817275
ISBN-10: 0060817275
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: February 6th, 2007
Pages: 432
Language: English

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