The Informer) [Pdf Read] ¸ Craig Nova
The German people There are several scenes in which the author offers a brief foreshadowing of the future a line of people at the local vet having their dogs killed as a solution to their inability to feed their pets because of the high rate of inflation and the description of Armina going daily by the children from the special school both send a shiver up the reader s spine because we know xactly what these scenes allude to in only a matter of a few years henceThe dustjacket blurb calls the book a literary thriller but the scales tip heavily in favor of the literary side and to label this book merely a thriller is really to cheapen it This is my first novel by THIS AUTHOR BUT DEFINITELY NOT THE author but definitely not the Highly recommended Interesting story focused around 2 women in pre war Berlin 1 a prostitute and the other a homicide cop Well written in the sense that you can feel the city smell it sense the claustrophobic nature of an Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, ever increasing police state Injoyed the 2 main characters and the general story The mood and the story itself are good I do not get however the reviews that say how well written the A Fairly Honourable Defeat entire book is In fact I was sure I was reading a translation into English from whatever language it was originally written in Every character begins sentences with the word why Every character In fact much of the dialogue was lazily written This is my main uibble with the bookThe story started to tire near thend as well as time and time again they think to themselves that this is wherewhen they will die At first I felt this repetition helped to show their suffering and obsessive path towards their own individual demises But after so many repetitions it just got on my nervesI did njoy the story though The first few chapters completely hooked me I also am glad I read this right after In the Garden of the Beasts The Informer by Craig Nova a murder mystery set in a dark and corrupt 1930s Berlin the main character Gaelle a beautiful and desperate prostitute with a scarr This is my second time reading this book
I am impressed with his precise language the different points of view the plotting and the atmosphere he creates The nding am impressed with his precise language the different points of view the plotting and the atmosphere he creates The nding it from being a five star rating Although it was a fitting nding it seemed forced and rushed Still if you are looking for a historical mystery or a police procedural or a book set in pre war Berlin I recommend The Informer Craig Nova s THE INFORMER is a haunting The Man Without a Face evocative novel set in Berlin in thearly 1930s The story moves between three main characters a disfigured prostitute named Gaelle her physically handicaped pimp Felix and Armina a female police investigator who is trying to stop a serial killer who is preying on women Set against the backdrop of pre war Germany there is an undeniable spookiness to the plot which is greatly nhanced by Nova s vivid and sensual prose The images dead bodies fight scenes a greehouse filled with orchids are stunning This book is dark and foreboding unpredictable and highly ngagin. Atch a serial killerEven as Gaelle tries to protect herself by possessing information she becomes Gone (Gone, entangled in a complex web of politics and murder in a city in which men will go to any length to maintain the power of silenceIn this taut literary thriller acclaimed author Craig Nova masterfully captures the menace and malice of pre war Berlin through theyes of characters dealing with forces far beyond their control. The Informer is a thrilling and Threads Of The Shroud engaging novel in the tradition of Graham Greene and Alan Furst With taut prose and a dark plot Nova sets two characters the scarred yet appealing prostitute Gaelle and the police inspector Armina on a collision course amid the backdrop of 1930s Berlin Nova masterfully develops in The Informer the intrigue and suspense that youxpect from the best literary thrillers Fans of Furst s spy novels as well as literary thrillers Fans of Furst s spy novels as well as thrillers from the likes of Stieg Larsson The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Henning Mankell the Kurt Wallender mysteries Per Wahl and Maj Sjowall The Laughing Policeman will feel right at home reading The Informer Highly recommended One
Of My Favorite Genres Set my favorite genres set one of my favorite periods Characters seem just a bit distorted however yet they are strangely compelling Very interesting to read about the unterkreig my neologism instead of battles and leaders I liked the author s style in this novel as he made the All Seated on the Ground events come alive with vivid yet creative description It displayed his skill as an author It saved a very dark story and made it intriguing than it would otherwise have been My difficulty was in drawing some type of inspiration from the book I usually look for that in books I read There were a few things that offered some small hope but mostly conveyed darkness and futility with little moral truth That is not what I typically read It didntertain as a mystery type novel and kept my attention Untitled. especially so as I got deeper into the book The Informer by Craig Nova puts yet another notch on the belt of an author with an already stellar body of work that so many people have not yet been fortunatenough to discover Currently I am reading The Congressman s Daughter and recently I finished his most recent novel before The Informer Cruisers and I can t help but be simultaneously addicted to the Wiring elegant restraint of his prose and the raw power with which he delves into the human soul In The Informer Nova takes readers to Berlin in 1930 where politics are becoming increasingly polarized theconomy is in shambles and information is constantly manipulated and distorted for individuals and groups to leverage power against one another sound like the state of affairs in the US todayThe plot follows Armina one of the few women working in Inspectorate A the serious crimes division of the Berlin police department as she traverses the dark underbelly of the city confronting its bizarre inhabitants As Armina investigates she Against All Odds encounters Gaelle a young prostitute with a scarred face and alluringroticism that allows her to slip in and out of the lives of politically connected men many corrupt some sinister all looking for power money and sex Gaelle and her partner Felix a boy hustler with a lame foot know the value of a secret and also its price in the depraved cosmopolitan city With the discovery of Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage each new body Armina identifies closely with the murders almost as if she is losing a part of herself withach crime As. Berlin in 1930 is a city of dark paranoia and covert power struggles where violence can rupt at any moment The Brownshirts dominate the streets but the Red Front is building its insurgenceGaelle a beautiful but desperate young prostitute with a scar across one side of her face trades in something far powerful and dangerous than sex information To possess her men will do than pay they will tell her secrets What Gaell. .
She dges closer to the dangerous truth the lines between true and false friend and Against All Odds enemy and good andvil begin to blur The Informer is at once startling and poignant The characters invite you to wonder in the abysses of their souls The setting is Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism eerily reminiscent of that in which we live today This book is one not to miss A strange but highly compelling book set in Berlin right before the war In this decadent place Gaelle is a marked woman She has a burn mark on half of her face This has led to major psychological problems She rejects her family as she feels they have rejected her and becomes a street walker This too gives her no peace She finds out information and has to decide if she should tell or keep it uiet Her choice becomes her death sentence I liked this book it appeals to the part of me that loves intelligence in the written word As a work of historical fiction it is very well writtenThe Informer is set in Berlin at thend of Germany s Weimar Republic 1918 1933 and Germany s politics are fractured among the lines of three main political groups the Communists the various right wing groups including but not limited to the Nazis and the prevailing Socialist government On the streets these divisions often play out as brawls and skirmishes between rival factions ach with its gang of thugs and this fracture continues on up into city and governmental bureaucracies where thuggery is or less official yet clandestine Everything is played according to where one s loyalties lieWithout going into
the plot at the center of this well written novel is Gaelle the disfigured 22 year old prostitute and The Informerplot at the center of this well written novel is Gaelle the disfigured 22 year old prostitute and The Informer the story Gaelle is protected as well as pimped out by Felix a 16 year old boy who lives on the streets with his ars to the ground She often supplements their arnings by selling secrets she learns from clients which works well for the two of them until she happens upon some intelligence regarding a man who works at the Soviet Embassy and spies on the Red Front for the Brownshirts While all of this is happening Armina Treffen a police officer in Inspectorate A a division of the kriminalpolizei that investigates homicide is seeking a serial killer who is stalking young women in the Tiergarten park area Armina is a professional and cares about her work but she has her own personal issues which are compounded by the politics of her boss Ritter which hamper her work on the caseThe Informer is not your average Berlin noir type of novel like Jonathan Rabb s series beginning with Rosa nor is it
"like kerr s "Kerr s novels both of which are both plot driven It is character driven with its atmosphere of place and time acting as the headliner From the very beginning the book draws you into the malice the author s word pervading the streets and the very air not to mention the uncertainty of what is to come In this sense the suspense aspect of the novel permeates throughout not so much as an aspect of the novel s plotline but in terms of the future of. E wants is protectionFelix a sixteen year old boy with a lame foot negotiates Gaelle’s price accompanies her in limousines when she feels threatened and reminds her to take care of herself But can he really keep her from harmArmina Treffen is an investigator for the Berlin Police Several women’s bodies have been found in the park murdered in the same manner and Armina too seeks Gaelle’s confidence to help her