The Quiet Twin

The Quiet Twin

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Vienna under the Nazis. A string of murders throws the city into a state of anxiety. Anton Beer, a young doctor who has made a study of forensic psychology, is asked by the retired Professor Speckstein to investigate the slaughter of his dog, which may or may not be related to the murders. It is an unwelcome request: Speckstein’s job is to spy on the building’s residents for the Party, and Doctor Beer has his own reasons for keeping his private life hidden from public scrutiny. Beer’s life becomes further complicated when in a neighbour’s apartment he discovers a paralyzed young woman, deathly ill from a mysterious ailment, and smuggles her into his home to nurse her in secret.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, 2012, c2011
ISBN: 9781554689057
Branch Call Number: F VYL NVD
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 21 cm

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geordie18
Jun 02, 2016

Dan Vyleta is a genius of a story teller. The Quiet Twin is full of menacing, paranoid atmosphere and both tender and violent relationships. A sophisticated literary thriller, taking place in Vienna in 1939, at a time when the threat of Nazism hangs over every person and in every conversation and action.

A tale of compassion and violence in which nearly every well drawn character is hiding secrets.

A fabulous read

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