A Trace of Smoke

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Macmillan, May 12, 2009 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Even though hardened crime reporter Hannah Vogel knows all too well how tough it is to survive in 1931 Berlin, she is devastated when she sees a photograph of her brother's body posted in the Hall of the Unnamed Dead. Ernst, a cross-dressing lounge singer at a seedy nightclub, had many secrets, a never-ending list of lovers, and plenty of opportunities to get into trouble.

Hannah delves into the city's dark underbelly to flush out his murderer, but the late night arrival of a five-year-old orphan on her doorstep complicates matters. The endearing Anton claims that Hannah is his mother... and that her dead brother Ernst is his father.

As her investigations into Ernst's murder and Anton's parentage uncover political intrigue and sex scandals in the top ranks of the rising Nazi party, Hannah fears not only for her own life, but for that of a small boy who has come to call her "mother."



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Cantrell's debut offers up a grittily realistic portrayal of 1930s Berlin as the Nazis come to power. While covering her usual crime beat, newspaper reporter Hannah Vogel unexpectedly spots a photo of ... Read full review

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Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Chapter 1
11
Chapter 2
19
Chapter 3
25
Chapter 4
35
Chapter 5
43
Chapter 6
53
Chapter 7
61
Chapter 18
165
Chapter 19
171
Chapter 20
181
Chapter 21
189
Chapter 22
197
Chapter 23
205
Chapter 24
213
Chapter 25
223

Chapter 8
73
Chapter 9
83
Chapter 10
95
Chapter 11
103
Chapter 12
109
Chapter 13
117
Chapter 14
127
Chapter 15
135
Chapter 16
145
Chapter 17
157
Chapter 26
239
Chapter 27
247
Chapter 28
257
Chapter 29
265
Chapter 30
273
Chapter 31
287
Glossary
293
Authors Note
297
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About the author (2009)

REBECCA CANTRELL majored in German, Creative Writing, and History at the Freie Universitaet of Berlin and Carnegie Mellon University. She currently lives in Hawaii with her husband and son. A Trace of Smoke is her first novel.

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