The Glass Pearls
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Recommended by Gayle
‘The second of two novels written by Emeric Pressburger (of Britain's greatest ever film-making duo Powell and Pressburger), The Glass Pearls tells the story of Karl Braun, a Nazi war criminal hiding in plain sight among the German émigrés of grimy, down-at-heel 1960s London. A properly good thriller that keeps ramping up the tension until the very end.’
From the publisher
For fans of The Passenger, this thrilling tale of an ex-Nazi surgeon hiding in plain sight in 1960s London by the celebrated filmmaker is a lost noir gem, introduced by Anthony Quinn.
‘A wonderfully compelling noir thriller and audacious and challenging act of imagination.’ William Boyd
‘This extraordinary novel had me hooked from start to finish.’ Sarah Waters
Nothing is more inviting to disclose your secrets than to be told by others of their own …
London, June 1965. Karl Braun arrives as a lodger in Pimlico: hatless, with a bow-tie, greying hair, slight in build. His new neighbours are intrigued by this cultured German gentleman who works as a piano tuner; many are fellow émigrés, who assume that he, like them, came to England to flee Hitler. That summer, Braun courts a woman, attends classical concerts, dances the twist. But as the newspapers fill with reports of the hunt for Nazi war criminals, his nightmares become increasingly worse …
‘A haunting, remarkable novel, as startlingly original as any of Pressburger’s films.’ Nicola Upson
‘A dark and harrowing window on the past: the ending will haunt your dreams.’ Janice Hallett