Berlin, on the eve of war…
As soldiers muster on the streets, spies circle in the shadows and Lotti Franke, a young woman from the Faith and Beauty Society - the elite finishing school for Nazi girls - is found in a shallow grave.
Clara Vine, Anglo-German actress and spy, has been offered the most ambitious part she has ever played. And in her more secret life, British Intelligence has recalled her to London to probe reports that the Nazis and the Soviet Union are planning to make a pact.
Then Clara hears of Lotti's death, and is determined to discover what happened to her. But what she uncovers is something of infinite value to the Nazi regime - the object that led to Lotti's murder - and now she herself is in danger.
This novel is published in the US under the title The Pursuit of Pearls
In a drama which traverses Berlin, Paris, Vienna and London, Clara Vine tries to keep her friends close, but finds her enemies are even closer.
Darkly brooding horror hangs over Germany; an irresistible page-turner packed with historical detail and told from a most unusual perspective.
1933. War is in the air. And in Berlin one woman is torn between love, loyalty and duty …
The perfect fusion of history, suspense and high romance....the pace is relentless, the background brilliantly evoked and the sex gorgeously spiced with danger.
The TimesRead more
August, 1938. Paris is a city living on its nerves and the threat of war hangs heavy as a distant thunderstorm on a summer's day.
A brilliant tale of spies and secrets, of intense psychological drama, of edgy climax and one extraordinary heroine.
Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred SummersRead more
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