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An evocative debut crime novel, set between Dublin and Danzig in the 1930s - linking the church, an illegal abortionist, the Nazi Party, and a missing woman....

Detective Stefan Gillespie arrest Herr Keller under suspicion of carrying out illegal abortions and encounters Hannah Rosen desperately trying to find her friend Susan, a Jewish woman who had become romantically involved with a priest. When the bodies of a man and woman are found buried in the Dublin mountains, each with a single hole from a pistol in their skulls, Stefan soon finds himself immersed in a complex case as he tries to piece together the mystery of the missing woman.

As Stefan and Hannah are drawn closer together in their mission to uncover the truth of what happened to Susan, they soon find themselves in terrible danger....

©2012 Michael Russell (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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1930s Ireland

Murder, the Church and Police Corruption. The perennial favourites in an original crime drama set before WW2.

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Wonderful storyline, great historical research. Only drawback is the horrible pronunciation of foreign words, German and Hebrew. Does no-one listen to the tapes and correct them?
Looking forward to the next.

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What did you like most about The City of Shadows?

It demonstrates how easy it is for evil to proceed.

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an enthralling listen, with a serious undertone of how corrupt we all are.

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Chocolate voice

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  • Evelyn Finklea
  • 15-02-20

City of Shadows

The book was a surprise in that I did not know a lot about the encroachment of the Nazis in Ireland or about the anti Semitic feelings of the Catholic Church towards the Jewish faith. The book begins slow but quickly intensifies.

I wish Audible would complete Michael Russell’s series.

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  • Barbara
  • 08-06-17

Great story set in a very interesting time

This book was a wonderful surprise. I am not familiar with the author, and not familiar with this time in Ireland in the 1930s. The author weaves in some of the troubled history of Ireland's fight against the British. But he is also concerned with Irish Nazi sympathizers. A good mystery, well written and well paced. The Irish narrator was a bonus!