Cave Dwellers by Richard Grant
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The novel is at its most effective — indeed, its most thrilling — when Grant cuts back and homes in, building action and stoking suspense around the escapades of Oskar, Lena and the two other unlikely fugitives they pick up on the way...
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A gripping novel of historical espionage, about an eleventh-hour attempt by members of the German elite to unseat Adolf Hitler, and its endlessly complex consequences.

In late 1937, the young lieutenant Oskar Langweil is recruited to this cause while attending a party at the lavish home of a baroness. A high-ranking officer in Germany's counterintelligence agency brings Oskar into the fold because of their mutual involvement in a patriotic youth league, and soon dispatches him to Washington, D.C., on a perilous mission. Despite his best efforts, Oskar is compromised, and must immediately find a way to sneak back into Germany unnoticed. A childhood friend introduces him to Lena, a Socialist and fellow expat, and they hatch a plan to have Oskar pose as her husband as they cross the Atlantic on a cruise ship filled with Nazis and fellow travelers. But bad luck follows them at every turn, and they find themselves messily entangled with the son of a U.S. Senator, a White Russian princess, a disgraced journalist, an aging brigadier, and a gay SS officer as the novel races toward an explosive conclusion.


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About Richard Grant

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Richard Grant is an award-winning travel writer who has published his work in Men's Journal, Esquire, and Details, among others. He is also the author of American Nomads and God's Middle Finger. Grant currently lives in Tucson, Arizona.
 
Published April 11, 2017 by Knopf. 353 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jan 23 2017

The main characters are well-drawn, but the minor ones are also memorable, from a White Russian princess in an ancien régime Berlin salon to a cabaret mentalist who suffers for misreading his audience. To the shelves groaning with countless Adolf-addled efforts, this is an understated, entertaining addition.

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Above average
Reviewed by Malcolm Forbes on May 26 2017

The novel is at its most effective — indeed, its most thrilling — when Grant cuts back and homes in, building action and stoking suspense around the escapades of Oskar, Lena and the two other unlikely fugitives they pick up on the way...

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