Setting this story during the 1936 Olympic Games is pure genius. The spectacle - the haunting spectacle now - of those games is extremely powerful. The games and the setting are visually compelling, and Cantrell's handling of the event is equally so. As one of the most crucial and successful propaganda ploys in history, the story takes on a thematic resonance that is chilling.
Cantrell's prowess as a writer continues to grow, and I find the prose in this book evocative and beautiful. A Game of Lies is so well crafted it engages on very strong, visceral levels, and it is just a pleasure to read.
The book just sings, with a strong play-fair mystery plot, fast pacing, and thematic elements skillfully woven in. (I don't need to spell out the plot; you can find that in the product description and editorial reviews).
I love Hannah. She is one of the best heroines in literature. She's strong, she's tender, she's smart, and she's funny, very, very funny and quick. I want to read everything ever written about Hannah Vogel. Someday I expect to see one of those companion volumes about this series, one that includes her complete biography, maps of where she has lived, and more.