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A nerve-shredding, intelligent thriller based around the first plot to kill Hitler, the story of a secret conflict ignited on the eve of World War II
Conrad de Lancey has seen enough of evil: the shadow of fear on the faces of innocents; the roar of tanks through empty streets; the sudden lull before the slaughter begins. Franco's bloody insurrection taught this Englishman all about hell. Arriving in his mother's country, the now Nazi Germany, Conrad is sick at heart. Even Berlin—infamous haven of decadence and vice—salutes fascism. Himmler's black-shirted troops rule the city, and every German arm bears a swastika. But does every German heart belong to Hitler? When Conrad is arrested by the Gestapo on suspicion of spying, he is rescued by Theo, an old friend from college, now a lieutenant of the Wehrmacht. Together they are drawn into a world of danger and deceit, of plots, paranoia, and intrigue where the brave few are united by a single ambition: to free the fatherland from the Führer.
VIEW TO TRYING TO FIND A PEACEFUL SOLUTION. I PROPOSE TO COME ACROSS BY AIR AND AM READY TO START TOMORROW. PLEASE INDICATE EARLIEST TIME YOU COULD SEE ME AND SUGGEST PLACE OF MEETING. SHOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR EARLY REPLY. NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN The reply came the next afternoon. The Führer would be happy to receive the Prime Minister at the Berghof, his mountain retreat in Bavaria, the following day, 15 September, and he was invited to bring Mrs Chamberlain if he so wished. Chamberlain
cars, screamed the headline. He tossed it back on the table. ‘I don’t know how they can write this rubbish.’ ‘Don’t you believe it’s true?’ ‘Of course it’s not.’ Sophie frowned. ‘What about that one, then?’ The headline on the abandoned paper at the table next to them was clearly visible. Bloody regime – new Czech murders of Germans. ‘And I have heard Henlein on the wireless. He says he has seen the Czech army committing atrocities. And he’s there.’ ‘Of course he does,’ said Theo
receiver, pleased that he could still think quickly under pressure. That should buy them a few more hours. And that was all they needed. 38 Lord Perth, the British Ambassador in Rome, rushed to the Palazzo Chigi, where he spoke to Count Ciano, the Italian Foreign Minister, pleading for Mussolini to take up the role of mediator. Ciano hurried to see the Duce, who was enthusiastic about his proposed role as European peacemaker, much more enthusiastic than he was at the idea of being sucked into
uniform. I would have thought it would be a raincoat and hat tipped down over your eyes, a bit like your Gestapo friends.’ Theo frowned. ‘Who told you that? Foley?’ Conrad nodded. ‘That was one of the things I wanted to talk to you about.’ ‘Oh, really?’ said Conrad, his words heavy with scepticism. He laughed bitterly. ‘So here we are, two spies on opposite sides stirring up a war. Although I think I’ve retired before I’ve even really got going.’ ‘Let’s walk a bit further,’ Theo said.
been erected near the main men’s camp: the male prisoners were busy building a more permanent complex for the women at Ravensbrück. The two largest groups of inmates were the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the communists, although the number of Jewish women prisoners was increasing fast. There were also prostitutes, drunkards, vagrants and petty thieves. At Moringen, Anneliese had been labelled a communist. This time, a yellow triangle sown on the left arm of her dress identified her as a Jew. The