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The Man in the Tower: And Other True Tales from a Vanished Europe [Kindle Edition]

J. Sydney Jones
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Book Description

Critically acclaimed novelist J. Sydney Jones brings Cold War Europe to stark and often humorous life in this memoir of his two decades living in Vienna as a foreign correspondent and fledgling writer. With the same attention to detail exhibited in his acclaimed "Viennese Mysteries" series, Jones parses the world of Central Europe, from the quotidian to the political.

Here is the blue-eyed refugee from the Biafran War, Ubhani, the man in the tower of the title, seeking asylum in the Austrian capital; the Hungarian patriot who pays his own special tribute to the 1956 uprising; the nondescript state police agent commissioned to watch foreigners in neutral Austria to ensure they did not ruffle the feathers of the Soviets; the editor of a prestigious Viennese publishing house none too eager to do business with a brash young Ami.

Travel with Jones back to Czechoslovakia just months after the Soviet's brutal suppression of Prague Spring in'68; to guard towers along the waist-deep waters of a lake on the Austro-Hungarian border; to a cozy armchair at the British Council Library; to an all-purpose Tabak Trafik: to life in a Cretan cave; or to the final voyage of the SS France.

Jones proves a dependable and insightful guide to this forgotten world before the Wall came down.

An added bonus is the short story, "Body Blows," which introduces Sam Kramer, the foreign correspondent protagonist from Jones's new series of novels set in Europe following the fall of the Wall.

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About the Author

J. Sydney Jones is the author of more than a dozen books of fiction and nonfiction, including three novels of the acclaimed Viennese Mystery series, The Empty Mirror (2009), Requiem in Vienna (2010), and The Silence (2011). Here's what the critics are saying about that series:

"Sophisticated entertainment of a very high caliber"—Kirkus Reviews (starred review); "A first-class historical mystery"—Booklist (starred review); "[An] absorbing whodunit that succeeds both as a mystery and as a fascinating portrait of a traditional society in ferment" —Publishers Weekly (starred review); "Neatly combines fact and fiction"—Washington Post.

Jones lived for many years in Vienna and has written several other books about the city, including the narrative history, Hitler in Vienna: 1907-1913 ("Lucid, well-written . . . evokes nicely the atmosphere of the city." —Publishers Weekly), the popular walking guide, Viennawalks, and the thriller, Time of the Wolf ("An accomplished thriller set in World War II Austria...offers driving tension from beginning to exciting intellectual game of cat and mouse" —Publishers Weekly). Jones has also lived and worked as a correspondent and freelance writer in Paris, Florence, Molyvos, and Donegal. He and his wife and son now live on the coast of Central California.

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  • File Size: 233 KB
  • Print Length: 105 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0062QD076
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the book June 15, 2014
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We are going to Vienna this summer and I enjoyed reading about Vienna in earlier times. I found it very interesting from this standpoint.
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J. Sydney Jones is the author of twelve books, including the first four critically acclaimed installments of the Viennese Mystery series, THE EMPTY MIRROR (2009) REQUIEM IN VIENNA (2010), THE SILENCE (2011), and THE KEEPER OF HANDS (2013). Also the author of the WWII mystery, RUIN VALUE (2013). A long-time resident of Vienna, he currently lives near Santa Cruz, California.

Visit the author at his homepage, and at his blog, Scene of the Crime,

Here's what the critics are saying about THE SILENCE:
"Jones vividly evokes 1900 Vienna ... in his splendid third whodunit featuring attorney Karl Werthen and criminologist Hanns Gross."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review

Here's what the critics are saying about REQUIEM IN VIENNA:
"A rich, beautifully written historical mystery...first class."
--Booklist (starred review)
"Sophisticated entertainment of a very high caliber."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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