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The Jewish Candidate [Kindle Edition]

David Crossland
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The Jewish Candidate is such a fresh subject for a political thriller that despite it being fictional, it triggered huge reviews and articles from Reuters, Chicago Tribune, The Jerusalem Post, Deutsche Welle, The Local and Spiegal Online, and others.

After a four year posting in Islamabad, Frank Carver, a reporter for the London Chronicle, is sent to Germany to cover the country’s most fascinating election campaign since the Second World War. Rudolf Gutman, the first Jew to run for chancellor, is promising to free Germany from the shackles of its past. He is up against Hermann von Tietjen, the charismatic Far Right candidate whose mantra is to rid Germany of the threat from its Muslim immigrants.

Carver and Wolfgang Renner, a freelance journalist, believe Tietjen has a more deadly agenda. He is secretly guiding Neo-Nazis in a plot to assassinate Gutman, using cash and contacts of old SS men to hire a killer. They prepare the ground with terrorist attacks that are pinned on islamists, sowing fear and hatred of Muslim immigrants.

Carver and Renner race to clinch the scoop of their lives. But no one believes them as Tietjen covers his tracks with his devilish gambit that plunges the nation into terror and a trail of killings.

As the clock ticks down to election day and the noose tightens around Gutman’s neck, their quest turns into a lone, bloody struggle for survival that brings them face to face with modern Germany’s dark secret. It seems that Carver has run out of time to unmask the assassin and to save Gutman.

'As the European Union faces a resurgence of the right-wing ultranationalism, veteran journalist David Crossland paints a chilling scenario of the threats posed to contemporary German society by neo-Nazi extremists. A real page-turner.' Efraim Zuroff, The Simon Wiesenthal Center

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About the Author

David Crossland was born in 1967 in Bonn which was then the capital of West Germany and where his father was a foreign correspondent. David was educated at German schools until he was 16 and attended a school in Bristol before studying politics and economics at Exeter University in the UK. He worked for Reuters for ten years, first in Frankfurt where he covered financial and economic affairs including the wrangling that preceded the launch of the euro, and then in Berlin as their chief political correspondent. David is now a freelance journalist, writing extensively about the growing threat posed by neo-Nazis in the former communist east, and has tracked the country’s probing search for a new, bolder role in the world as new generations throw off the chains of guilt. He is bilingual and treasures his roots in the Rhineland. He is married with a son and lives in Berlin. Follow David Crossland on Twitter: @DavidCrossland3

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2673 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Peach Publishing (10 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,499 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have been a journalist for over 20 years, working for Reuters from 1994 until 2004, first in Frankfurt covering financial and economic affairs including the run-up to the launch of the euro, then in Berlin as chief political correspondent, in charge of covering general news from Germany. I have freelanced for the past nine years.
I have written extensively about the growing threat posed by neo-Nazis in the former communist east, and have tracked Germany's probing search for a new, bolder role in the world as new generations throw off the chains of guilt.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A best-seller in the making 18 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
David Crossland's The Jewish Candidate is truly a page-turner. I don't remember having read recently a novel about Germany's neo-Nazi scene as impressive as this. Crossland shows us a Berlin totally recognizable to anyone who knows the city, and with it provides the reader a sense of place that enriches his story. The two protagonists, Frank Carver and Wolfgang Renner, the journalists who cover Rudi Gutman's election campaign in his bid for chancellor of Germany, carry the story to an unexpected conclusion with their suspenseful, action-laden investigation of multiple terrorist attacks directed to discredit Gutman. One has to ask, however, if Crossland deliberately downplayed Gutman's characterization as a Jew to reflect the traditional patriotism of German Jews, who are known to consider themselves first and foremost as Germans. The story, which explores the extraordinary possibility of a Jewish chancellor in Germany doesn't benefit from showing little jewishness in Gutman the person, and almost none in Gutman the candidate, although this doesn't make it less fascinating. The Jewish Candidate is a well-written book that keeps one reading until late in the night
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Having borrowed this from the Kindle library intrigued by the premise of the story I read this in double quick time and then again before returning it.

It is clear that nothing is quite what it seems, and to take something at face value can be dangerous - even deadly. Even people who were supposed to be on the same side were in danger from each other - a point clearly illustrated in the opening pages of this thrilling book. After reading this you will never take anything at face value again

Interesting that in this story the moral position is taken by the investigative journalists, who put their lives in danger when they started their investigation, and by the title's Jewish Candidate for high political office. Don't look for a happy ending here, as in real life good people suffer and evil ones are not always brought to justice.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, authentic and poignant 23 May 2013
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Since finishing The Jewish Candidate two weeks ago, I have attempted 3 other so-called thrillers. Two of which, I might add, have been labelled "best-sellers". Not one compares to this book by David Crossland. In his debut novel the plot was clever with a kicker finale; the milieu deeply convincing; and the characters fully developed -- even those who made an appearance for a mere single chapter. Take for example the South African emigre Khosa: his brief appearance, tightly sketched background, promising future and tragically sad demise at the hands of brutal neo-nazis brought a tightness to my throat and underscored the actual and burgeoning violence in the story. Crossland has braved issues in a "new" Germany that lie beneath the surface of Europe's strongest economy and that have a clear potential to surface and gain frightening force. His understanding of the tension within today's media world between editors and managers -- who count the money beans -- and those journalists with integrity -- who seek accuracy, truth and the "real" story -- gives this story enormous weight. I cannot recommend this book highly enough and, in particular, look forward to again meeting that skinny, geekishly courageous German investigative reporter, Renner. Write another one soon!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Jewish Candidate 15 May 2013
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This is a great yarn about events leading to a general election in Germany. It is a fantasy in fact of a kind that other authors have tried and failed to come anywhere near to the author's standards. It is a must-read for any interested in German history or who are following current events there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 9 May 2013
By Smiler
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The Jewish Candidate is more than just a novel - yes, it's a thriller in the best tradition of the genre - but due to the superb research that has clearly been invested here, it can also be seen as a very real scenario as to what could happen in Germany were there in fact to be a Jewish candidate for the chancellorship!. Money, as ever, is key, and how much ability in practice neo-Nazi groups in Germany now have to pose threats like those we see in this novel, could depend purely on the amount of funding they have. The author is English, but has lived in Germany most of his life as a journalist and has written extensively on the neo-Nazi threat. Because the author knows the reality of the far-right scene in Germany so well - and because the main protagonists in the novel are journalists themselves - the whole novel has an immediate and authentic feel second to none.
This was a real pleasure to read, the best thriller I've read in years, and reminded me with its lovely descriptions and tightly-written scenes of the best novels of another Germany-focussed thriller writer - the great Len Deighton.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced thriller 2 Dec. 2013
By Thomas Cunliffe TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Being a subscriber to the daily news review from German magazine Der Spiegel I was delighted to hear that one of their writers, David Crosland, had published a novel tackling the topic of the Neo-Nazi movement in Germany. Although this book may seem a little implausible (the rise of a new "Hitler" type character in modern Germany), anyone who reads Der Spiegel regularly will know that the Neo Nazi movement has significant support in Germany, particularly in the East and is a constant concern to the authorities.

Crosland's book covers an election campaign in Germany, in which Rudolf Gutman, a German Jew is standing for election to the post of Chancellor. Standing against him is Hermann von Tietjen who uses a full set of "dirty tricks" to oppose Gutman. von Tietjen's main enemy is the Muslim minority in Germany and he uses various tactics to whip up hatred for the Muslim minority and also to threaten the Jewish Gutman.

The story is told by Frank Carver, a British reporter who is covering the electtion campaign for the fictitious London Chronicle. Carver gets into various scrapes as he infiltrates neo-Nazi meetings and confronts the leaders of the movement. Before long he finds himself racing against time to foil a dreadful plot which could see von Tietjen massively increase his support.

My only quibble about the book is that David Crosland is not the greatest of writers. The book is "racy" but lacks style, and I found myself thinking that top writers like Gerald Seymour (The Corporal's Wife), Philip Kerr (
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