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Garden of Beasts - A Novel of Berlin 1936

Jeffery Deaver

In the most ingenious and provocative thriller yet from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, a conscience-plagued mobster turned government hitman struggles to find his moral compass amid rampant treachery and betrayal in 1936 Berlin. Paul Schumann, a German American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hitman known as much for his brilliant tactics as for taking only "righteous" assignments. But then Paul gets caught. And the arresting officer offers him a stark choice: prison or covert government service. Paul is asked to pose as a journalist covering the summer Olympics taking place in Berlin. He's to hunt down and kill Reinhard Ernst -- the ruthless architect of Hitler's clandestine rearmament. If successful, Paul will be pardoned and given the financial means to go legit; if he refuses the job, his fate will be Sing Sing and the electric chair. Paul travels to Germany, takes a room in a boardinghouse near the Tiergarten -- the huge park in central Berlin but also, literally, the "Garden of Beasts" -- and begins his hunt. In classic Deaver fashion, the next forty-eight hours are a feverish cat-and-mouse chase, as Paul stalks Ernst through Berlin while a dogged Berlin police officer and the entire Third Reich apparatus search frantically for the American. Garden of Beasts is packed with fascinating period detail and features a cast of perfectly realized locals, Olympic athletes and senior Nazi officials -- some real, some fictional. With hairpin plot twists, the reigning "master of ticking-bomb suspense" (People) plumbs the nerve-jangling paranoia of prewar Berlin and steers the story to a breathtaking and wholly unpredictable ending.

In the most ingenious and provocative thriller yet from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, a conscience-plagued mobster turned government hitman struggles to find his moral compass amid rampant treachery and betrayal in 1936 Berlin. Paul Schumann, a German American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hitman known as much for his brilliant tactics as for taking only "righteous" assignments. But then Paul gets caught. And the arresting officer offers him a stark choice: prison or covert government service. Paul is asked to pose as a journalist covering the summer Olympics taking place in Berlin. He's to hunt down and kill Reinhard Ernst -- the ruthless architect of Hitler's clandestine rearmament. If successful, Paul will be pardoned and given the financial means to go legit; if he refuses the job, his fate will be Sing Sing and the electric chair. Paul travels to Germany, takes a room in a boardinghouse near the Tiergarten -- the huge park in central Berlin but also, literally, the "Garden of Beasts" -- and begins his hunt. In classic Deaver fashion, the next forty-eight hours are a feverish cat-and-mouse chase, as Paul stalks Ernst through Berlin while a dogged Berlin police officer and the entire Third Reich apparatus search frantically for the American. Garden of Beasts is packed with fascinating period detail and features a cast of perfectly realized locals, Olympic athletes and senior Nazi officials -- some real, some fictional. With hairpin plot twists, the reigning "master of ticking-bomb suspense" (People) plumbs the nerve-jangling paranoia of prewar Berlin and steers the story to a breathtaking and wholly unpredictable ending.
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In the most ingenious and provocative thriller yet from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, a conscience-plagued mobster turned government hitman struggles to find his moral compass amid rampant treachery and betrayal in 1936 Berlin. Paul Schumann, a German American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hitman known as much for his brilliant tactics as for taking only "righteous" assignments. But then Paul gets caught. And the arresting officer offers him a stark choice: prison or covert government service. Paul is asked to pose as a journalist covering the summer Olympics taking place in Berlin. He's to hunt down and kill Reinhard Ernst -- the ruthless architect of Hitler's clandestine rearmament. If successful, Paul will be pardoned and given the financial means to go legit; if he refuses the job, his fate will be Sing Sing and the electric chair. Paul travels to Germany, takes a room in a boardinghouse near the Tiergarten -- the huge park in central Berlin but also, literally, the "Garden of Beasts" -- and begins his hunt. In classic Deaver fashion, the next forty-eight hours are a feverish cat-and-mouse chase, as Paul stalks Ernst through Berlin while a dogged Berlin police officer and the entire Third Reich apparatus search frantically for the American. Garden of Beasts is packed with fascinating period detail and features a cast of perfectly realized locals, Olympic athletes and senior Nazi officials -- some real, some fictional. With hairpin plot twists, the reigning "master of ticking-bomb suspense" (People) plumbs the nerve-jangling paranoia of prewar Berlin and steers the story to a breathtaking and wholly unpredictable ending.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jefferson Mays

Length:

13h 21m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

15:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:14


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

38:30


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

31:54


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

30:13


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

35:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

35:04


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

17:48


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

24:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

12:35


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

23:23


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

19:04


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

23:17


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

23:29


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

16:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

26:16


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

25:28


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

21:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

37:27


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

24:30


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

16:07


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

17:04


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

16:46


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

22:13


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

17:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:47


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

19:33


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

11:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

14:50


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

12:40


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

11:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

12:16


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:13


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:51


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:26


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:28


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:11


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:43


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

18:32


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

17:30


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:10


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:29


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

01:10