Hitler's Peace: A Novel of the Second World War

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2005 - Fiction - 448 pages
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A stunning World War II "what if" thriller in which the fate of Europe-and of its remaining 3 million Jews-hangs in the balance.

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 Peaceis 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.

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User Review  - Judy Clarke - Goodreads

Not an easy read - all too likely plot is somewhat unsettling. Interesting twists throughout, particularly at end. Worthy neighbour to Bernie Gunther on library shelf. Read full review

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User Review  - Patrick Feehan - Goodreads

Love this Phillip Kerr series. Weill crafted historical novels about such a turbulent time in the rise of Nazi Germany. Read full review

About the author (2005)

Philip Kerr is the author of such thrillers as The Second Angeland A Philosophical Investigation, and the New York Times- bestselling young adult novel The Children of the Lamp.Hailed by Salman Rushdie in The Independentas "a brilliantly innovative thrillerwriter," he lives in London.

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