The Eye of the Abyss

Marshall Browne

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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It is Germany, 1938, and Franz Schmidt is the chief auditor in a commercial bank in a provincial city. But as Schmidt will soon learn, the bank's prestigious new client, the Nazi party, is at once its least desirable. Schmidt will oversee their account, and soon, he is embroiled in the duplicity, violence and horror that is Nazi Germany. Schmidt can't help but be involved, and the first victim of the harsh realities of the Germans' politics is a Jewish secretary whom Franz tries to help, much to his wife's distress.

As Schmidt finds himself caught up in dangerous political machinations, he also finds himself, as the result of an act of compassion, under deadly suspicion. The Schmidts struggle to protect their marriage and their family without compromising their sense of decency, but eventually, Franz's world explodes. As events spin out of control, Franz must act, and he seeks revenge on those responsible by attempting a massive fraud on the Party itself.

In Eye of the Abyss, Marshall Browne crafts an intelligent historical thriller reminiscent of Philip Kerr, Christopher Reich and Alan Furst with a riveting pace and spellbinding plot all his own.

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  The Eye of the Abyss
1AT ONE MINUTE to eight, Franz Schmidt, chief internal auditor of Bankhaus Wertheim & Co., boarded the tramcar standing in Bamberg Platz. His wife, Helga, a tall, full-figured woman with thoughtful eyes, waited beside the line with their four-year-old daughter, Trudi, to wave him goodbye. In the sunlight penetrating the thinning mist, the uplifted faces and hair of his family glowed gold. What a picture! Schmidt thought. Smiling, he gave his self-conscious wave.The conductor rang the bell, and the tram shuddered along its length.

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"Like the shifting reality of Schmidt's life, the changes in his character are as subtle as they are harrowing, a triumph to Browne's clean, exacting style."
- New York Times Book Review (12/14/03)

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Marshall Browne

Marshall Browne, born in Melbourne, is a sixth generation Australian. He is currently working on a second Inspector Anders thriller. His wife Merell, is an interior designer, and their daughter Justine, works at the Australian Embassy, Washington D.C..

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The Eye of the Abyss
Marshall Browne

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
November 2003
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312311568
ISBN10: 0312311567
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$23.95

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
November 2003
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429992756
ISBN10: 1429992751
304 pages
$7.99
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