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The Second Son
 
 
Author
Jonathan Rabb.
Publisher FSG  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780374299132
Pages/Publication Date 294/2011
Daedalus Item Code 30673
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In this thrilling final novel in Jonathan Rabb's noirish Berlin trilogy, following Shadow and Light and Rosa, it is the eve of Hitler's 1936 Olympics. Chief Inspector Nikolai Hoffner has been forced out of the Kriminalpolizei since it was discovered that his dead mother was a Jew. But Hoffner's attention is elsewhere; his son Georg is missing in Spain, swept up in the outbreak of civil war. Hoffner has already lost his elder son Sascha, now fully entrenched in the Nazi regime. But Georg is not what he appears to be, and when Hoffner discovers this, he heads for Barcelona, determined to save the one son he can.

"The chaos of the war provides an evocative backdrop for this unlikely, noir-tinged story of a cynical father chasing after his idealistic son—'an old German with no politics and a young Jew with no sense.' This is anything but an inspirational father-son novel. Nikolai's own sense of personal futility is echoed perfectly by the absurdity of the war: 'The world has never been so ready to declare its allegiances. They'll all be shipping themselves into Spain by the truckload in the next weeks, every one of them with his arm raised in whatever salute suits him best. It's a terrible thing to know how pointless it's all going to be.' Yes, this is Alan Furst territory, but it will also resonate for readers of European antiwar fiction, from All Quiet on the Western Front to The Good Soldier Schweik."—Booklist (starred review)

 
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