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A NIGHT OF LONG KNIVES
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Historical
Cantrell’s 1930s-set suspense packs in a lot of interesting history, but fails to light up. Hannah has help at all the right moments, and too often escapes because somebody looks the other way. But Cantrell writes so convincingly of her bond with her young charge, you feel her desperation and determination to find him, despite all the risks.
Journalist Hannah Vogel has stayed as far from her native Germany, as she can. Not only does she detest the Nazis, she has something the powerful SA commander Ernst Röhm wants. Several years ago, she abducted his “son,” Anton. When Hannah accepts an assignment to write about a zeppelin trip, she and Anton are abducted by Röhm’s men and taken to Germany. But Hitler plans to assassinate Röhm and his men, and Hannah scrambles to find Anton and escape before the SS finds and kills them. (FORGE, Jul., 320 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed By: Liz French
Published: July 2010