- Series: Hannah Vogel (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Forge Books; 1st Edition edition (July 5, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765327333
- ISBN-13: 978-0765327338
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,017,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Game of Lies (Hannah Vogel) Hardcover – July 5, 2011
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“Simply stunning.”—Deadly Pleasures
Praise for A Night of Long Knives
“A race-against-the-clock thriller… Cantrell keeps the close calls and cliffhangers coming.”—Kirkus Reviews
"Compelling, exciting, and entertaining reading. Don’t miss this one."--Pop Syndicate
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I must admit, I was not happy when the classic right guy who may be wrong shows up, but even with those zinging fingertips so carefully described, she still has most of her attention focused on the 5-year old who materialized on her doorstep quoting an American western narrative. Anton saves Hannah from inhabiting a romance novel, and I was greatly relieved.
And then it hit me -- this was Mary Stewart. Mary Stewart in the south of France, where the protagonist befriends a small boy. The hero of a Mary Stewart novel was a young woman who had survived some loss -- death, usually, of a spouse -- and who was venturing out to see some place she'd always wanted to go -- Avignon, Delphi, the Isle of Skye. And Stewart's readers got to go along for the ride. Yes, there was always a guy for that walk into the sunset, but the hero did some of the saving of the day herself.
Hannah Vogel is smarter than any of the one-off heros from Stewart's books, but the sense of place and the sense of a woman testing the limits of herself in new situations is very close.
I read through the three books in less than a week -- warp speed for me, a slow page-turner.
Like many second books, The Night of the Long Knives falls below the standard of A Trace of Smoke, but A Game of Lies may be better than either. I wish there were some Anton moments -- more than she weaves in with flashbacks -- but Cantrell shows us a painfully close examination of a woman's mind and emotions in times of enormous change and in the face of virtually crippling fear. The backdrop of the Olympics is too lightly sketched, but it does work with the other concerns of the plot. The Lars Lang plot was a shocker for me, but it's not yet resolved when the last page turned. Yes, Hannah is guilty of what Harriet Vane and Peter Wimsey declared to be the worst characteristic of a woman in a crime novel -- when someone sends a note saying "meet me at the bridge at midnight; come alone; tell no one," she goes alone and tells no one. But she does learn to back-stop herself a bit more as events (and injuries) go on. Her best line?
She notices that her bloodstained clothing might attract attention and thinks, just quickly in the middle of an action paragraph, "I should have worn a darker dress."
There's nothing cozy about the Berlin of the third book, but how could there be? And still, I can't wait for the next visit.
The most satisfying part of the book for me was the complicated, mature handling of the relationship with Lars Lang. I have to admit, I hadn't liked him very much in the previous novels -- SS interrogators have that effect on me :) -- but he wove his way into the story and Hannah's life. Hannah chose her path of fighting the Nazis, and it was inevitable that he would become part of it. It's not clear that it's in either of their best interests, which is what I love about it -- the best writers don't flinch from letting the stories unfold as the should, as Cantrell has clearly done here.
of the war.If only the powers that be could have stopped Hilter before he did all the horrible things that encompassed the Second World War.The story is gripping and interesting.