Death in Focus

Death in Focus

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In the start of an all-new mystery series set in pre-World War II Europe, an intrepid young photographer carries her dead lover's final, world-shattering message into the heart of Berlin as Hitler ascends to power.

"Thrilling . . . reminiscent of works by Eric Ambler and Graham Greene."-- The Wall Street Journal

On vacation from London on the beautiful Italian coast, twenty-eight-year-old Elena Standish and her older sister, Margot, have finally been able to move on from the lasting trauma of the Great War, in which the newly married Margot lost her husband and the sisters their beloved brother. Touring with her camera in hand, Elena has found new inspiration in the striking Italian landscape, and she's met an equally striking man named Ian. When Ian has to leave unexpectedly, Elena--usually the more practical of the sisters--finds she's not ready to part from him, and the two share a spontaneous train trip home to England. But a shocking sequence of events disrupts their itinerary, forcing Elena to personally deliver a message to Berlin on Ian's behalf, one that could change the fate of Europe.

Back home, Elena's diplomat father and her secretive grandfather--once head of MI6, unbeknownst to his family--are involved in their own international machinations. Worried when Elena still hasn't returned from Italy, her grandfather starts to connect the dots between her change in plans and an incident in Berlin, where Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich are on the rise. It seems the message Elena delivered has forced her into a dangerous predicament, and her grandfather's old contacts from MI6 may be the only people who can get her out alive--if Elena can tell the difference between her allies and her enemies.

New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry merges family secrets with suspense on the world stage, as darkness bubbles under the surface of a Europe on the brink of change. In these complicated times, Elena emerges as a strong new heroine who learns quickly that when nothing is certain, she can rely only on herself.

Praise for Death in Focus

"Masterful! It's exceedingly rare for an author to have the talent to blend classic elements of a thriller with compelling family dynamics and geopolitical intrigue, but Anne Perry pulls it off like the consummate pro that she is. And, on top of all that, Death in Focus is written in her unique literary voice. I guarantee you'll love Elena Standish. Brava!" -- Jeffery Deaver, author of The Never Game
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, 2019.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780525620983
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY PERRY A
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 25 cm.


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Jan 10, 2020

I have read every William Monk and Thomas Pitt detective novel, so I was interested to see that Ms. Perry is introducing a new myatery series character after 40 years. I believe I am going to like Elena Standish, but was a bit disappointed not to know her better after this first mystery. I need to be patient since when introducing an new protagonist, there are so many other associated family / friends that need to be included, you are coping with keeping all the new names straight while following the mystery. I find the time setting to be appealing. It is 1933 and involves the rising threat of Hitler and the desire of England to avoid another war at all cost. I am very insterested in WWII so this is a plus for me. My one complaint about the book is that there were at least one too many twists / story plots for one mystery. I would have preferred a little less action and more character development. I will, however, definitely read the next book. Ms. Perry is a superb and prolific mystery author. I highly recommend all of her series. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Nov 20, 2019

Interesting, a new protagonist and a new era, one in which one may recall what was happening in the 1930s and war years. Happily this protagonist , unlike the other new series, is shown as having strength of character. A new opportunity for Perry to look at details. It provided contrast in the the temperament of a city or country at different decades. Germany is a great example of how attitudes can change. I look forward to more in this series.


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