Wedding Station

David Downing

ISBN: 9781641291088

Published: 03/02/2021

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The prequel to David Downing’s bestselling Station series introduces us to John Russell, an Englishman with a political past who must keep his head down as the Nazis solidify their powerGermany, 1933. The world is not yet at war, but the influence of the Nazi party is spreading like wildfire through Berlin. The Reichstag parliament buil...

The prequel to David Downing’s bestselling Station series introduces us to John Russell, an Englishman with a political past who must keep his head down as the Nazis solidify their powerGermany, 1933. The world is not yet at war, but the influence of the Nazi party is spreading like wildfire through Berlin. The Reichstag parliament building has burned down, just four weeks after Hitler’s appointment as German Chancellor. The torching will be used to justify a totalitarian Nazi crackdown.John Russell’s recent separation from his wife threatens his right to reside in Germany and any meaningful relationship with his six-year-old son, Paul. He has just secured work as a crime reporter for a Berlin newspaper, and three of the stories with which he becomes involved—the gruesome murder of a rent boy, the apparently accidental running over of a professional genealogist, the suspicious disappearance of a Nazi-supporting celebrity fortune-teller—may not look alike in any way, but seem to be connected.All these investigations carry the risk of Russell’s falling foul of the authorities at a time when rule of law has completely vanished and the Nazis are running scores of pop-up detention centers, complete with torture chambers, in every corner of Berlin.

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“Epic in scope, Mr. Downing's 'Station' cycle creates a fictional universe rich with a historian's expertise but rendered with literary style and heart.”
The Wall Street Journal
“Downing adroitly elucidates the morass that was post-World War II geopolitics without dumbing it down . . . One can only marvel at his talent for infusing such a rangy cast of characters with nuance and soul.”
The New York Times Book Review
“A beautifully crafted and compelling thriller with a heart-stopping ending as John Russell learns the personal faces of good and evil. An unforgettable read.”
Charles Todd, author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge Series