A Night of Long Knives

A Night of Long Knives

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by Rebecca Cantrell
     
 

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Journalist Hannah Vogel has vowed to never again set foot in her homeland of Germany while the Nazis are still in power. She has good reason: three years ago in 1931, she kidnapped her “son,” Anton, from the man claiming to be his father--Ernst Rohm, head of the Nazis' SA. A powerful man not to be trifled with, Hannah knows

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Journalist Hannah Vogel has vowed to never again set foot in her homeland of Germany while the Nazis are still in power. She has good reason: three years ago in 1931, she kidnapped her “son,” Anton, from the man claiming to be his father--Ernst Rohm, head of the Nazis' SA. A powerful man not to be trifled with, Hannah knows that Rohm will never stop searching for them.

Hannah is asked to write about a zeppelin journey from South America to Switzerland, but Switzerland turns out to be too close. The zeppelin is diverted to Munich, where Hannah and Anton are kidnapped and, to Hannah's horror, separated.

It’s unlucky timing for Rohm, however.  Hitler has ordered the execution of Rohm and hundreds of his storm troopers and is determined to wipe out any remaining traces of his name. The Night of the Long Knives has begun.

When Rohm is killed before Hannah can ascertain Anton’s whereabouts, she desperately enlists all of her remaining sources and friends to locate Anton before the Nazis do. And the Gestapo is closing in…

Thrilling and powerful, A Night of Long Knives breathtakingly recreates a shattered and betrayed city as it plunges into darkness. 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Cantrell’s sequel to her acclaimed debut, A Trace of Smoke (2009), will disappoint those expecting a realistic portrayal of 1934 Nazi Germany. When the zeppelin transporting journalist Hannah Vogel and her adopted son, Anton, to Switzerland lands in Germany instead, the pair are captured by Ernst Röhm, head of the paramilitary SA, who claims to be the boy’s father. Hannah manages to get away from Röhm through the coincidental intervention of Hitler himself, who happens to enter Röhm’s hotel room to have him arrested at just the right time. The plot focuses on Hannah’s search for Anton, with a murder mystery thrown in two-thirds of the way through. Full of miraculous escapes, the novel comes across as a far-fetched thriller rather than a serious effort to convey the tightening Nazi grip. Readers interested in suspenseful books set during the same period in Europe will find Alan Furst’s spy series (Shadow Trade, etc.) more rewarding. (June)
Booklist
After escaping Germany in 1931, having kidnapped her adopted son, Anton, from SA leader Ernst Rohm, who wants to believe the boy is his son, Hannah Vogel vowed never to return to her homeland. Yet here she is, three years later, with Anton at her side, watching the zeppelin in which they are riding land not in Switzerland, the intended destination, but in Germany. Rohm is behind the unscheduled stop, and soon Hannah and Anton have been abducted by brownshirts. Hannah will be forced to marry Rohm, thus countering the scandal brewing over his homosexuality. But it's too late: the Night of the Long Knives, Hitler's purge of the SA, has begun and will leave Rohm dead. Hannah escapes in the melee, but Anton is lost, prompting a frenzied search across Germany and drawing Hannah into all levels of political intrigue.

Once again, Cantrell nails the prewar German landscape, although this time, with the Nazis in power, the mood has gone from Weimar decadence to tight-lipped uncertainty. The thriller plot plays out somewhat predictably, but the appeal here is all about atmosphere and the historica moment.
—Bill Ott

Kirkus Reviews
An infamous date in history provides the backdrop for a race-against-the-clock thriller. While investigating the murder of her bisexual cabaret-performer brother three years ago in 1931, journalist Hannah Vogel fled Germany with the very young Anton, foiling the plot of real-life Nazi Cabinet minister Ernst Rohm, who had intended to counter accurate rumors of his homosexuality by marrying Hannah and passing Anton off as his own (A Trace of Smoke, 2009). Now, under a forged passport identifying her as Adelheid Zinsli, Hannah has accepted an assignment to travel in the newfangled zeppelin from her home in South America to Switzerland. When the zeppelin takes an unexpected detour into Germany, Hannah realizes that she and Anton have fallen into Rohm's trap. After a predictably icy reunion, Hannah immediately goes into mental overdrive figuring how to get Anton back. Then Hitler arrives with storm troopers who seize Rohm at the beginning of what will come to be known as The Night of the Long Knives. Hannah visits Rohm in prison just before he's executed, and a humane guard helps her flee. Following a trail often stained by violence, she criss-crosses the city as both pursued and pursuer. She reconnects with many old friends, including her old lover Boris, and allies herself with, of all people, Rohm's mother. Cantrell keeps the close calls and cliffhangers coming, but her prose is overheated. Some readers may have a hard time absorbing the complicated back story upon which empathy with the heroine hinges. Agent: Elizabeth Evans/Reece Halsey New York

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429950800
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
06/22/2010
Series:
Hannah Vogel Series , #2
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
116,829
File size:
0 MB

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