Hitler's Peace by Philip Kerr

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Autumn 1943. Since Stalingrad, Hitler has known that Germany cannot win the war. The upcoming Allied conference in Teheran will set the ground rules for their second front-and for the peace to come. Realizing that the unconditional surrender FDR has demanded will leave Germany in ruins, Hitler has put out peace feelers. (Unbeknownst to him, so has Himmler, who is ready to stage a coup in order to reach an accord.) FDR and Stalin are willing to negotiate. Only Churchill refuses to listen.

At the center of this high-stakes game of deals and doubledealing is Willard Mayer, an OSS operative who has been chosen by FDR to serve as his envoy. He is the perfect foil for the steamy world of deception, betrayals, and assassinations that make up the moral universe of realpolitik. A cool, self-absorbed, emotionally distant womanizer with a questionable past, Mayer has embraced the stylish philosophy of the day, in which no values are fixed. In the course of the novel, his beliefs will be put to the ultimate test.

But as compelling as Mayer is, the key players in this drama-FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Hitler, as well as Himmler, Bormann, Molotov, and Schellenberg (with marvelous walk-ons by Kim Philby, Anthony Blunt, and Evelyn Waugh)-are astonishingly true-to-life.

Hitler's Peace is Philip Kerr in top form. With his sure hand for pacing, his firm grasp of historical detail, and his explosively creative imagination about what might have been, he has fashioned a totally convincing thinking man's thriller in the great tradition of Eric Ambler and Graham Greene.


 

About Philip Kerr

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Philip Kerr is the author of many novels, but perhaps most important are the five featuring Bernie Gunther—A Quiet Flame, The One from the Other, and the Berlin Noir trilogy (March Violets, The Pale Criminal, and A German Requiem). He lives in London and Cornwall, England, with his family.
 
Published August 1, 2006 by Penguin Books. 476 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Mayer, a former Princeton philosophy professor currently serving as an intelligence analyst with the OSS (precursor to the CIA), has managed to impress FDR with a book of his titled On Being Empirical.

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En route to Tehran, at Roosevelt's insistence, for the Big Three conference in November 1943 aboard the USS Iowa , Mayer believes he's uncovered a plot to assassinate Joseph Stalin.

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British author Philip Kerr is perhaps best known for his German trilogy, Berlin Noir, made up of three novels: March Violets (1989), The Pale Criminal (1990), and A German Requiem (1991), all based on the Berlin private investigator Bernard Gunther.

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Reviewing the Evidence

It's 1943 and Hitler and his advisors see that they are losing the war and want to make certain that the end of their empire doesn't mean that Germany is dishonored as well as defeated.

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Book Geeks

I’m not sure if this return was with tail tucked between legs, or, being more charitable, perhaps Hitler’s Peace reignited the Berlin Noir flame.

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