Summer of the Long Knives

Summer of the Long Knives

Synopsis After an attack by a band of roving Nazi Brownshirts, Lisel Ganz, an artist’s model in Berlin, suffers brain damage that gives her psychic powers. Taking refuge in the home of artist Albert Entrater, Lisel meets Konrad, a Catholic priest secretly involved in a plot to assassinate Hitler. Lisel preempts the plan when she is escorted by her SS officer fiancé to the Chancellery garden where she shoots Hitler at point blank range. Albert Entrater escapes to NYC where he learns about the altered political reality in Germany, and in a feverish City odyssey, sees both Konrad and Lisel again. Safe in his brother’s NY home, Albert is an unconscious survivor — as are all who read the story. A coda reveals that 3 decades later, in 1964, Albert Entrater and Dr. Anne Frank Koestler, another more famous survivor, are mutual admirers of each other’s creative work. Metadata Publication date: Sept. 22, 2014 Print edition: 5 x 8 perfect bound trade paperback Page count: 192 ISBN: 978-988-12196-9-5 Price (paper): US$16.95 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 42,000 eISBN: 978-988-12196-5-7 Price (e-book): US$6.99 Blurbs The Summer of the Long Knives packs so much into a short space. The background of 1930s Berlin creates depth, the characters’ colour, the plot style, and excitement. L.B. handles all of her elements very nicely indeed. –Iain Pears,English art historian, journalist, author ofAn Instance of the Fingerpost, The Dream of Scipio, The Portrait, and Stone’s Fall I was so caught up in The Summer of the Long Knives that I read it like a thriller, while being imaginatively influenced by it like a dream. I was delighted by the sureness of tone and familiarity with the facts, by the subtlety of the characterization – and especially by Lisel’s character development – and by the pattern of poetic images that accumulated just in the tail of one’s eye, so to speak. Also, the marvellous historical imagination. It was more serious, in the best sense, than almost every other contemporary novel I’ve read. I’ve almost given up reading contemporary novels for that reason – they have no moral depth, no interest beside the confirmation of whatever nasty little compromises one had made in one’s own life. But The Summer of the Long Knives, without any preaching, and in the lightest, more ironical way, really hits the great and terrible issues of our time. The novel is also an extraordinary experiment in what George Steiner has called alternity: for Bassen, time has a complex geometry in which alternative branches of it can morally influence each other. So the novel also has a philosophical depth that makes it unusual. – Frederick Turner, Founders Professor of Arts and...

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Tomorrow City

Tomorrow City

 Synopsis: After an armored car robbery goes horribly wrong and leaves four people dead, young ex-con Brendan Lavin flees New York City and attempts to start over again in Shanghai. But twelve years later, after opening a bakery under an assumed name and starting a family with a local woman, his former colleagues show up and force Brendan to assist in another armed robbery, of a wealthy diamond merchant. If he doesn’t cooperate, they’ll expose him and kill his family. Will Brendan help them pull it off and keep his new life intact? Or will his past bring him down, destroying everything else along with it? Tomorrow City is a riveting, literary crime novel that explores the theme of reinvention in Shanghai, the city that’s reinvented itself more than any other in the world over the past generation. Blurbage: A tight, tense crime novel about a stranger in a strange land trying to outrun the ghosts of his past. Kirk Kjeldsen’s Shanghai is a terrifically fresh and evocative setting, and the action jumps off the page. – Lou Berney, Edgar Award and Barry Award-nominated author of Whiplash River and Gutshot Straight Tomorrow City is a vicious little tale of men and violence and the sucking black hole of the past. A coiled and sleek throwback noir, best read in one shot. More please. – Elwood Reid, author of If I Don’t Six, Midnight Sun, and D.B. Tomorrow City unfolds with grace and power, building to a cinematic climax that reverberates long after you’ve finished reading. This is thriller writing at its finest. Kjeldsen is one to watch. – Carlo Bernard, screenwriter of The Great Raid, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and The Uninvited Kirk Kjeldsen has written a one-sitting novel with an ex-con protagonist you’ll eagerly follow across the globe as he tries to shake his past. Tomorrow City is as exciting as it is smart as it is heartbreaking. – Michael Kardos, author of The Three Day Affair Reviews Midwest Book Review Metadata Publication date: 8/27/2013 Print edition: 5″ x 8″ perfect bound trade paperback Page count: 200 ISBN: 978-988-15542-1-5 Price (paper): US$15.95 E-book formats: ePub, Kindle, PDF Word count: 40,000 eISBN: 978-988-15542-5-3 Price (e-book): US$6.99 Buy: Paperback: Amazon: Barnes & Noble Book Depository Booktopia Powell’s E-books: Kindle Omnilit.com Smashwords...

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