Garden of Beasts, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Paul Schumann is a contract hitman for the mob in 1936. But with Prohibition over and the gang wars associated with it coming to an end, Schumann is finding less and less work. He is contracted for a hit. But this time, he's caught - and finds that he's been set up. He's taken to meet an official in Army Intelligence and given a choice: he can spend the rest of his life in jail, or he can help his country. He is to pose as a member of the 1936 Olympic team, travel to Berlin, and kill a high-ranking Nazi close to Hitler. Schumann has been picked because he's a second generation German-American and can speak the language fluently. Or at least that's what they lead him to believe...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528 pages, n/a
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9780340734551

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Ultimately a disappointment. The book begins interestingly enough--a "button man" is tapped by fledgling US Intelligence agency to go into Nazi Germany and kill one of Hitler's henchmen. The story breaks down once the button man gets into Germany, and the plot must be rescued by an improbable twist.

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Ok, I liked it, I thought the author really did an impressive amount of homework on the scene, including common German slang expressions. I didn't know "Nazi" was a slur, (Bavarian slang for a simpleton). Apparently the complimentary version of "Nazi" is "Nazo".The main character, is totally flat though. He's absurdly good at spycraft for a simple mob hitman, and is almost infallible. Making for a pretty dull character. One of the gotchas was pretty good, if a little convoluted; the last one was pretty obvious and kinda stupid in its insanity.

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