City Of Shadows

Mass Market Paperback | March 6, 2007

byAriana Franklin

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Berlin, 1922: A city of fading beauty plagued by unemployment and rampant inflation becomes home to a growing number of refugees. Esther Solomonova survives by working as secretary to her fellow Russian émigré, "Prince"Nick, a scheming cabaret owner. Always on the prowl for a deal, Nick smells money when he hears of a woman in an asylum claiming to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia, daughter of the Russian Czar, the lone member of her family to escape assassination by the Bolsheviks. Enlisting a highly suspicious Esther, Nick plans to prepare the woman—known as Anna Anderson—to claim the Romanov fortune.

But Anna is being hunted. Or so she claims. At first Esther believes Anna’s fears to be just in her imagination—until innocent people around them begin to die. Together with a German police officer, a dogged inspector named Schmidt, Esther tries to discover who wants Anna dead—and why. Yet the deeper she and Schmidt dig, the more they realize that their own lives are at risk.

Deeply atmospheric, peopled with rich, complex characters, City of Shadows is an enthralling novel.

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Berlin, 1922: A city of fading beauty plagued by unemployment and rampant inflation becomes home to a growing number of refugees. Esther Solomonova survives by working as secretary to her fellow Russian émigré, "Prince"Nick, a scheming cabaret owner. Always on the prowl for a deal, Nick smells money when he hears of a woman in an asylu...

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Berlin, 1922: A city of fading beauty plagued by unemployment and rampant inflation becomes home to a growing number of refugees. Esther Solomonova survives by working as secretary to her fellow Russian émigré, "Prince" Nick, a scheming cabaret owner. Always on the prowl for a deal, Nick smells money when he hears of a woman in an asy...

Ariana Franklin was the pen name of British writer Diana Norman. A former journalist, Norman had written several critically acclaimed biographies and historical novels. She lived in Hertfordshire, England, with her husband, the film critic Barry Norman. Ariana was the author of the acclaimed, award-winning Mistress of the Art of Deat...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 7 × 4.25 × 1.4 inPublished:March 6, 2007Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143052055

ISBN - 13:9780143052050

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Novel I had picked up this book a number of times over the years and then put it back on the shelf - and while the back cover description seemed interesting, I had never heard of the author - then.....I subsequently read all three of her "Mistress of the Art of Death" series (now reading the fourth installment) and decided to give "City of Shadows" a try, I'm so glad I did - it is enthralling, extremely well written and grabs you from page one – if you enjoy a good mystery, some serious history and a tender love story, this book is for you.
Date published: 2010-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book ! A well written book and amazingly entertaining. The author's description of the time makes you feel as if you were there, living the dangerous moments and events preceding and building up for the surge to power of the nazi regime. In the middle of this madness, the appearence of Ana Anderson, self proclaimed princess Anastasia of the Romanovs survivor of the Ekaterinburg massacre and her efforts to be recognized as such. Amazing story! Amazing book! I am looking forward to read "Mistress of the Art of Death".
Date published: 2007-06-11

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"A smart, well-paced story and a good read."
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