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The Spring of Kasper Meier
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The Spring of Kasper Meier (Hardback)
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The war is over, but Berlin is a desolate sea of rubble. There is a shortage of everything: food, clothing, tobacco. The local population is scrabbling to get by. Kasper Meier is one of these Germans, and his solution is to trade on the black market to feed himself and his elderly father. He can find anything that people need, for the right price. Even other people. When a young woman, Eva, arrives at Kasper's door seeking the whereabouts of a British pilot, he feels a reluctant sympathy for her but won't interfere in military affairs. But Eva is prepared for this. Kasper has secrets, she knows them, and she'll use them to get what she wants. As the threats against him mount, Kasper is drawn into a world of intrigue he could never have anticipated. Why is Eva so insistent that he find the pilot? Who is the shadowy Frau Beckmann and what is her hold over Eva? Under constant surveillance, Kasper navigates the dangerous streets and secrets of a city still reeling from the horrors of war and defeat. As a net of deceit, lies and betrayal falls around him, Kasper begins to understand that the seemingly random killings of members of the occupying forces are connected to his own situation.

He must work out who is behind Eva's demands, and why - while at the same time trying to save himself, his father and Eva.

Fiction & Poetry >> Modern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Publication Date: 03/07/2014 ISBN-13: 9781408705049  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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I was intrigued when this was sent to me by Love Reading .co.uk and is due to be published in July 2014. This did not disappoint. This is the debut novel for the author Ben Fergusson and is a wow for me, a great new author with fantastic potential. This thriller has a different slant on World War 2 as this is set in the aftermath of war torn Berlin. Things are desperate as everything is in short supply and people are trying to get by, by any means. The story is set in 1946; the main character is Kasper a German living with his father in a bleak mangled city which had been bombed furiously by the allies. Kasper is involved in the black market, and is trying to protect his aging father and his secrets. Kasper receives a knock on the door from a lady called Eva. She almost looks upon Kasper as a private detective as she feels he can find people. She is trying to find a pilot for a friend. The friend is pregnant as a result of an affair she had with the pilot. Eva is looking for a pilot for a friend of hers who had an affair with the pilot and is now pregnant. This is dark, gritty, and visually terrible as buildings and architecture has been destroyed beyond recognition. The author recounts a good historical account of post war Berlin. I can see this being in the top ten on publication.

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