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ISBN: 1250002389
Author: Jonathan Rabb
Language: English
Publisher: Picador; First edition (January 3, 2012)
Pages: 336
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 326
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The Second Son is an unusual blend of hard-boiled detective novel and love story. the narrative never flags.

Ships from and sold by Pleasant Nights Bookshop. The Second Son is an unusual blend of hard-boiled detective novel and love story. It proves that first-rate detectives are like good lovers and good novelists: keenly observant, intuitive and tough as nails. Rabb works wonders, juggling Nazi sympathizers and anarchists and guilty bystanders and innocent warriors with an alacrity few in his generation can maintain.

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In Harper's Magazine, John Leonard called the first, Rosa, "a ghostly noir that could have been conspired at by Raymond Chandler and André Malraux. The Seville Communion: A Novel. Arturo Pérez-Reverte. The Seville Communion.

Rabb's second entry in his German trilogy is both a first-rate historical novel and a singularly artful crime noir that will remind readers of Alan Furst (The Spies of Warsaw). That's good company! Enthusiastically recommended.

Detective Inspector Nikolai Hoffner. Books in the Series

Detective Inspector Nikolai Hoffner. Books in this Series. g. The Second Son. Detective Inspector Nikolai Hoffner (Volume 3) Jonathan Rabb Picador. On the eve of Hitler's Olympics, Chief Inspector Nikolai Hoffner, a half-Jew, has been forced out of the Kriminalpolizei. Yet his career is the least of his worries. Jonathan Rabb is the author of five novels: The Second Son, Shadow and Light, Rosa, The Overseer, and The Book of Q. He lives in Savannah, Georgia, with his wife and twin children.

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The Second Son: A Novel. But for Detective Inspector Nikolai Hoffner and his young assistant, Hans Fichte, the revolution is a mere inconvenience

The Second Son: A Novel. What a spellbinding novel Shadow and Light is, and what a novelist Jonathan Rabb has become! When we last met Hoffner, it was 1919, and he had taken on the disappearance and death of Rosa Luxembourg in Rosa, a novel the critic John Leonard hailed as a ghostly noir that could have been conspired at by Raymond Chandler and André Malraux. But for Detective Inspector Nikolai Hoffner and his young assistant, Hans Fichte, the revolution is a mere inconvenience. They are trying to catch a killer who has left a trail of women dead in the slums of Berlin, all with identical markings etched into their backs.

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On the eve of Hitler’s Olympics, Chief Inspector Nikolai Hoffner, a half Jew, has been forced out of the Kriminalpolizei. Luckily, Hoffner’s focus is elsewhere. In Harper’s Magazine, John Leonard called the first, Rosa, a ghostly noir that could have been conspired at by Raymond Chandler and André Malraux.

On the eve of Hitler's Olympics, Chief Inspector Nikolai Hoffner, a half-Jew, has been forced out of the Kriminalpolizei. Yet his career is the least of his worries. His son Georg is missing, swept up in the sudden outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. Hoffner has already lost his elder son to the Nazis. But Georg is not what he appears to be, and Hoffner is determined to save the one son he can. Jonathan Rabb has delivered another darkly compelling and atmospheric work in The Second Son.

Comments:

Jare
Very interesting story, well told, and with many details about a family caught up in the early days of the Spanish Civil War. Nikolai Hoffner has been in two previous books, but this is not so much a detective novel as it is a personal quest. Hoffner's days as a policeman are over in 1936 Berlin. As a half Jew, even on with a distinguished career in the police, he is witnessing the Nazification of his beloved Berlin. One of his sons is involved with the Nazis, hiding his Jewish name and roots. The second son has gone to Spain, as a journalist for a English newsreel company and Hoffner goes to Barcelona in August of 1936 to bring him home. The unraveling of finding him in the midst of Anarchist revolution and Fascist counterrevolution as Hoffner crosses a Spain in chaos makes the story line move along. His love interest is a Spanish doctor and she joins him in his journey. Their adventures are well told and I enjoyed this book. You don't have to read the other two books to enjoy this one. I love this era, where the forces of good and evil are obvious to almost everyone.
lolike
This is the 3rd Rabb story of his Nikolai Hoffner trilogy. My interest in the Spanish Civil War is one of the reasons I enjoyed the story, although I resorted to using a map of Spain to follow the story's action. Nokolai's attempts to attend to his tattered history as a father were well meant and even courageous but he had too much neglect to overcome. He did have several very supportive friends and Nikolai's decisions in his career with the Berlin police force, regarding how to enforce the law, won respect of a few characters on each side of the law.
ACOS
This is the concluding volume of the author's trilogy of mysterious doings in Berlin between the wars; "Rosa" set in 1919 and "Shadow and Light" set in 1927 are the previous volumes. The "Second Son" takes place in 1937, during the Spanish Civil War. The central character in all three is the remarkable Chief Inspector Nikolai Hoffner of the Kriminalpolizei, who rivals in fascination even the characters in the "Millenium" trilogy. Almost as interesting is Radek, the Berlin crime overlord who strangely has become a "friend" of Hoffner. In my previous reviews, I have noted with what authenticity the author writes of Berlin during the interwar period--he obviously has spent considerable time in the city and knows it well.

The author is also among the most gifted of dialogue writers one will encounter in a novel. It is a remarkable talent and keeps the reader focused on the story due to the unusual verbal exchanges between the characters. The author is somewhat unique in practicing this style of quick repartee, but it must be read to be truly understood and appreciated.

Both of these important talents are evident in this novel--at least for the first 72 pages. This is because the bulk of the 291 page novel is set in Civil War Spain, where Hoffner travels in search of his younger son, ostensibly a newsreel photographer covering the war. So, we are out of Berlin for most of the story, which I found disappointing, but that is my problem not the author's. Nonetheless, his gift for dialogue comes through loud and clear. Moreover, though I am a bit less familiar with Spain than Berlin, his skill in writing a story whose authenticity glimmers on nearly every page has also been transferred, albeit authenticity regarding Spain and not Germany. He has clearly personally visited every site where the story occurs.

Hoffner covers a lot of ground during his search. The poignancy, inhumanity and tragedy of the Civil War reverberate on nearly every page, and I imagine the author's description is probably very much like it was. Since probably few among our younger generations know anything about the war, this is an important contribution in itself. The author's skillful reliance upon accurate details enhances the story. But, alas, the story itself is gripping only in parts of the novel, and the concluding section--though it had its moments to be sure--I did not feel was fully successful.

The author is to be commended for leaving behind the comfortable topic of Weimar Berlin, where he so excels, and venturing into Civil War Spain. This is how artists grow, by challenging themselves and not repeating their previous contributions. Miles Davis comes to mind in that regard. To read this author is see some aspects of the novel displayed in their purest form.
Gianni_Giant
Having read and loved Jonathan Robb's two previous books in his Berlin trilogy, "Rosa" and "Shadow and Light," I eagerly awaited the final installment, "The Second Son." It was somewhat of a disappointment. Jonathan Robb is a very good writer and I knew I would be assured of fine writing, which he unfailingly delivered. Mostly, I wanted to learn the fates of the major characters who occupied the first two books, and in this I was adequately rewarded in plausible, surprising and exciting ways. But the story line was plodding and confusing, and the dialogue incomprehensible at times. I had the feeling that the lack of forward direction reflected Robb's desire to fill up space. Mostly, I was disappointed in the inability of Robb to illuminate the Spanish Civil War in the ways that he seamlessly did for Weimar Germany in "Rosa" and "Shadow and Light." I realize that an historical novel cannot be pedantic, but Robb knows how to both educate and excite as only the best historical novelists know how to do. Whereas I learned a great deal from his previous volumes, my understanding of Spanish Civil War history was only slightly expanded in "The Second Son." I would not read "The Second Son" without first reading its two predecessors, and if one does so, it is fairly predictable that the reader will want to complete the trilogy by reading "The Second Son" to good effect.
Quemal
I have read this trilogy in order, one after the other, and feel that each installment was better than the last, making The Second Son the best. I don't know, however, if I would have liked it as much if I hadn't read the first two. Most of all, I enjoyed reading about this period of history, as much of it was new to me. The author certainly had me believing that he knew a great deal about the social, cultural and historical setting. That said, it is a painful read. These were terrible times to live through. Inspector Hoffner is skilled and dedicated to his job, and he wants to do right by his family, but none of us can be perfect, especially in an imperfect world. Like him, we end up with disappointments and regrets. This book ends with a kernel of hope, so I would be glad to see a fourth installment in the series.

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