Lehrter Station

Lehrter Station

Book - 2012
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"Paris, November 1945. John Russell is walking home along the banks of the Seine on a cold and misty evening when Soviet agent Yevgeny Shchepkin falls into step alongside him. Shchepkin tells Russell that the American intelligence will soon be asking him to undertake some low grade espionage on their behalf--assessing the strains between different sections of the German Communist Party--and that Shchepkin's own bosses in Moscow want him to accept the task and pass his findings on to them. He adds that refusal will put Russell's livelihood and life at risk, but that once he has accepted it, he'll find himself even further entangled in the Soviet net. It's a lose-lose situation. Shchepkin admits that his own survival now depends on his ability to utilize Russell. The only way out for the two of them is to make a deal with the Americans. If they can come up with something the Americans want or need badly enough, then perhaps Russell will be forgiven for handing German atomic secrets over to Moscow and Shchepkin might be offered the sort of sanctuary that also safeguards the lives of his wife and daughter in Moscow. Every decision Russell makes now is a dangerous one"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Soho Crime, 2012
ISBN: 9781616950743
1616950749
Characteristics: 378 p. ; 24 cm

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Daphne57
Oct 21, 2013

I continue to enjoy the series starring John Russell and Effi; Downing has the most thorough knowledge of pre and post WWII Germany, Poland, Austria and Europe in general of almost any author. He's definitely in the same class as Helen MacInnes who stood alone in her era.

I particularly appreciated the writer's description of Vienna post war, the trains running, the antisemitism alive in Austria, Poland and the Eastern Alps and the description of the Haganah running the illegal passage of Jewish adults and orphan children into Palestine.

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crpa
Jun 02, 2013

The aftermath of WWII in Germany is often overlooked. Downing gives a wonderful look at life in Berlin during the Allied occupation and moves John Russell into the Cold War.

mikeyppl May 24, 2012

This is the fifth in the Station books featuring John Russell. These books are probably the finest series I've ever read on pre and post World War II Europe. While this book is probably the weakest in the series so far it is still an exceptional read. My only advice would be to read them in the order they were written. Looking forward to more.

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