Excellent, evocative debut novel!,
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This review is from: The City of Shadows (Paperback)
It's Dublin in 1932 and Detective Sergeant Stefan Gillespie, whose grandmother was German, and his trusted sidekick, Garda Dessie MacMahon are staking out the house of a German doctor suspected of carrying out illegal abortions. They're waiting for a woman to arrive before they make their move. They arrest the doctor, Hugo Keller, and take the woman, Hannah Rosen, who is Jewish, into custody for questioning.
Thus begin Gillespie's adventures, which take him from Ireland to Danzig just before the vote that will throw out the League of Nations imposed administration and return the Free City to German rule. This is a brilliantly evocative tale of intrigue, political machinations, femmes fatales and the corrosive and all pervasive influence of the Catholic church in a time that can now be seen as the calm before the cataclysmic storm that was to engulf Europe and then the world.
This is an excellent, sure-footed debut novel that will inform, educate and entertain in equal measure; in short, thoroughly recommended.