Zoo Station

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Soho Press, May 1, 2007 - Fiction - 293 pages
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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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The ending is awesome! - Goodreads
Lazy and weak ending. - Goodreads
David Downing is a good writer who knows his history. - Goodreads
Pre war berlin with insight to ordinary peoples lives. - Goodreads
A little too simplistic in plot but I did enjoy it. - Goodreads
terrific...very close to Alan Furst's writing - Goodreads

Review: Zoo Station (John Russell #1)

User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

I received a free copy of this at Left Coast Crime Monterey. I had heard wonderful things about this book and this author, so I was pleased to receive a copy. Unfortunately, historical spies are not ... Read full review

Review: Zoo Station (John Russell #1)

User Review  - Sandy Christian - Goodreads

Nothing very complex here, but a good read. Enjoyed it. Read full review

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Achievements of the Third Reich
Left Luggage

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About the author (2007)

David Downing grew up in suburban London. He is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction for both adults and children, including four novels featuring Anglo-American journalist John Russell and the nonfiction work Sealing Their Fate: The Twenty-Two Days That Decided World War II. He lives with his wife in Guildford, England.

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