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Deaver, Jeffery. GARDEN OF BEASTS: A NOVEL OF BERLIN 1936. New York City, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 405 pages. As New/As New.

The author's 19th novel. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. "A delicious tale set in Nazi Berlin. The book's hero is a mob hit man, Paul Schumann, who is nabbed in the act in New York City, but given an alternative to the electric chair: Go to Berlin undercover, as a journalist writing about the upcoming Olympics, in order to assassinate Colonel Reinhard Ernst, the chief architect of Hitler's militarization. Deaver weaves three manhunts, Paul after his target, Kohl after Paul, and the Nazi hierarchy after Paul, with a deft hand, bringing to frightening life the Berlin of 1936, a city on the brink of madness. Top Nazis, including Hitler, Himmler, and Göring, make colorful cameos, but it's the smart, shaded-gray characterizations of the principals that anchor the exciting plot. An affecting love affair between Paul and his German landlady goes in surprising directions, as do the main plot lines, which move outside Berlin as heroes become villains and vice versa. This is prime Deaver, which means prime entertainment" (Publishers Weekly). Unputdownable. A "must-have" title for Jeffrey Deaver collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Jeffrey Deaver. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for some time even though it went into subsequent printing. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest living thriller/novelists. A flawless copy. . ISBN 0743222016. $40.00

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