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Summary

From the author of The Good German (made into a film starring George Clooney) comes a sweeping novel set in postwar Berlin.

Alex Meier, a young Jewish writer, fled the Nazis for America before the war. But the politics of his youth have now put him in the crosshairs of the McCarthy witch hunts. Faced with deportation and the loss of his family, he makes a desperate bargain with the fledgling CIA: He will earn his way back to America by acting as their agent in his native Berlin. But almost from the start, things go fatally wrong.

Filled with intrigue and the moral ambiguity of conflicted loyalties, Leaving Berlin is a masterful thriller and a love story that brings a shadowy period of history vividly to life.

©2015 Joseph Kanon (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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good with room for improvement

really liked the book, great story and insights into post war Germany. found it gripping enough in places to sail past my exit on the motorway. would wish the narrator had done some basic googling before reading the book though and not quite butchered the German so much, however he is great at doing the different characters and conveying the mood of the book.

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Great characters and plot

I am a big Bernie Gunther fan and this was on the same level. Less humour and history but intricate plot line and a pleasure to listen to.

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Give it time

The first hour or so, almost seems unneeded. Once the story gets going it is worth it, twists and turns of post war Berlin.