The Elegant Lie

The Elegant Lie

The year is 1949.
In the bombed-out ruins of Cologne, Hanno Dasch is king.
Director of the most successful black market operation in post-war Germany, Dasch has kept his clients supplied with goods so extravagant and rare that they were almost impossible to find even at the height of Germany's conquests.
Nobody but Dasch, his enigmatic daughter and the war criminal he keeps as his bodyguard know how he does it.
None of this has escaped the attention of Allied Intelligence, who face not only the systemic corruption of a country where everything is in short supply, but the growing threat of Stalin's KGB.
Fearing that Dasch will soon expand his business to include dealings with Russia, and invite the further meddling of Russian agents in the west, the CIA sets in motion an undercover operation to infiltrate and, ultimately, destroy Dasch's empire.
A disgraced American Army officer, Nathan Carter, is recruited to approach Dasch and to ingratiate himself with promises of stolen army supplies.
As Carter moves further and further into the labyrinth of Dasch's world, it soon becomes clear that the black market ring has already been compromised, but by someone even more dangerous than the Russians.
Carter stumbles upon a counterfeiting ring, with whom Dasch has unwittingly gone into business, which seems to have been created with the sole purpose of destroying the Soviet economy, something it could easily do with the superlative quality of the forged bills it is producing. With Carter caught in the middle, and facing the danger that his cover might be blown at any moment, a race begins between the Russian and American spy agencies to uncover who is responsible, before the situation escalates to war.

Title:The Elegant Lie
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780571335701
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  • Rob Kitchin

    The Elegant Lie follows the fortunes of disgraced American officer, Nathan Carter, as he goes uncover in post-war Cologne to tackle a black market racketeer. While the premise is interesting, the stor...

  • Carol

    I am a big fan of Sam Eastland’s writing. However The Elegant Lie is a huge disappointment. I actually quit half way through! Could not engage with the main character or his motivations, and the who...

  • Maureen Macartney

    Nothing special here....

  • Paul Hargreaves

    I liked Sam Eastland's Inspector Pekkala series, but this is even better. Solidly into the territory occupied by Philip Kerr and Joseph Kanon. Yes, that good!...

  • Elgyn

    Nikdy jsem si nemyslela, že bych někdy mohla dát Samu Eastlandovi tak nízké hodnocení. Ale tady se nedá nic dělat.Tohle je horší, než když pejsek s kočičkou vařili dort. Už tam chyběl...

  • Elizabeth

    It's not that it's a bad book. I love Eastland's Pekkala series, and had high hopes for this new book. It's just that it felt disjointed, liked he was writing two different stories that he tried to bl...

  • Osvaldo Querin

    An excellent espionage thriller An eloquently written thriller with two parallel times which as they meet in the end all then makes sense. And you ask, who really are the criminals?...

  • Mike

    I find it hard to rate Eastland's novels. I find myself doubting them all the way through only to find that I have enjoyed them come the end. This isn't as engrossing as his Inspector Pekkala series, ...

  • Boris Feldman

    4.5. Post-War thriller. German spy noire. Like Philip Kerr but better. ...

  • Medeiros

    WTF? ...