Zoo Station by David Downing

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By 1939, Anglo-American journalist John Russell has spent over a decade in Berlin, where his son lives with his mother. He writes human-interest pieces for British and American papers, avoiding the investigative journalism that could get him deported. But as World War II approaches, he faces having to leave his son as well as his girlfriend of several years, a beautiful German starlet. 

When an acquaintance from his old communist days approaches him to do some work for the Soviets, Russell is reluctant, but he is unable to resist the offer. He becomes involved in other dangerous activities, helping a Jewish family and a determined young American reporter. When the British and the Nazis notice his involvement with the Soviets, Russell is dragged into the murky world of warring intelligence services.


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About David Downing

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David Downing grew up in suburban London. He is the author of five previous books in the John Russell series, Zoo Station, Silesian Station, Stettin Station, Potsdam Station, and Lehrter Station. He lives with his wife, an American acupuncturist, in Guildford, England.
 
Published May 1, 2008 by Soho Press. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Horror, Action & Adventure, War. Fiction

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First, a friend from the British embassy offers him some extra income, teaching English to a couple of young Jewish girls whose family, the Wiesners, hope to send them to England before the Nazi terror escalates.

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Review: Although born at sea of an American mother and an English father, 40-year-old freelance journalist John Russell has been living in Germany for almost fourteen years, long enough to have married, and divorced a German wife, Ilse, to have had a soon-to-be 12-year-old son, Paul, and to have ...

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When the British and the Nazis notice his involvement with the Soviets, Russell is dragged into the murky world of warring intelligence services.

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