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The Good German

Joseph Kanon

Picador

 
Now a Major Motion Picture
 
The bestselling author of Los Alamos and Alibi returns to 1945. Hitler has been defeated and Berlin is divided into zones of occupation. Jake Geismar, an American correspondent who spent time in the city before the war, has returned to write about the Allied triumph while pursuing a more personal quest: his search for Lena, the married woman he left behind. The Good German is a story of espionage, love, and murder, an extraordinary re-creation of a city devastated by war, and a thriller that asks the most profound ethical questions in its exploration of the nature of justice and what we mean by good and evil in times of peace and of war.

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"[Joseph Kanon] is fast approaching the complexity and relevance not just of le Carré and Greene but even of Orwell: provocative, fully realized fiction that explores, as only fiction can, the reality of history as it is lived by individual men and women."--The New York Times Book Review
 
"Kanon serves up a potent mix of intrigue, cynicism, and an occasional flash of idealism, which adds up to a riveting yarn."--Los Angeles Times
 
"Kanon is as ambitious a novelist as he is a gifted one."--The Washington Post
 
"The kind of book that reads so easily that it's almost impossible to put down once you've started it."--The Baltimore Sun
 
"A terrific book . . . Kanon is the heir apparent to Graham Greene and early- and mid-passage le Carré, for he writes of moral quandaries that are real and not created to drive a plot. . . . The multilayered story is beautifully told."--The Boston Globe

"Gripping . . . Kanon has written a tale about the untenable choices war entails, and about the moral dangers of demonization. For American readers, the book cuts to the bone, coming at a time when we have become the demonized and are doing our best to avoid becoming the demonizers."--Newsday

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  • Joseph Kanon is the author of four novels, including Alibi. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a book publishing executive. He lives in New York City.
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