Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke
By Anne Blankman
A compelling coming-of-age tale for fans THE BOOK THIEF and CODE NAME VERITY.
Gretchen Muller has three rules for her new life:
1. Blend into the surroundings.
2. Don't tell anyone who you really are.
3. And never, never go back to Germany.
The girl known as Gretchen Whitestone has a secret: she used to be part of Adolf Hitler's inner circle. When she made an enemy of her old family friend, she fled Munich for Oxford. Her love, Daniel Cohen, is a reporter in town, and Gretchen is content. Then a telegram calls Daniel back to Germany, and her world turns upside down when he is accused of murder.
To save Daniel, Gretchen must return to her homeland and somehow avoid capture by the Nazi elite. As they work to clear Daniel's name, they discover a deadly conspiracy stretching from the slums of Berlin to the Reichstag itself. Can they dig up the explosive truth and escape in time - or will Hitler find them first?
Anne Blankman was born in upstate New York and studied at Union College, during which time she did an exchange in York, England - a place she's always dreamed of returning to. She has since worked as a youth services librarian. The idea for her debut novel, Prisoner of Night and Fog, came to her after she learned about Hitler's beloved half niece who shared his luxurious Munich flat. Anne began wondering what it would have been like to be a young girl growing up within the Nazi elite's inner circle - and if it would have been possible to break free from it. This is the follow-up to that book. You can visit her online at www.anneblankman.com
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21 Apr 2015
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Suspenseful and clever, intertwining historical truth with action-packed shootouts — Kirkus Reviews
The book's meld of romance, action, and thriller is utterly convincing... a heady sweep of truth and fiction. The mystery, revolving around Göring and a mistress he might have killed, twists effectively, ramping up to a real-life historical conspiracy — Booklist