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The huntress : a novel, Kate Quinn

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The huntress : a novel
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The huntress
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a novel
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Kate Quinn
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eng
Summary
When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, Nina Markova risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment. Stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, and only her cunning will keep her alive. Transformed by the horrors he witnessed, British war correspondent Ian Graham has become a Nazi hunter, and only one target eludes him: the Huntress. To find her, Graham joins forces with Nina, the only witness to escape the Huntress. Growing up in post-war Boston, Jordan McBride is determined to become a photographer. There is something disconcerting about her father's new fiancâee; delving into her past, Jordan finds secrets that may threaten all she holds dear. -- adapted from jacket
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  • /* Starred Review */ Quinn follows up her breakout book, The Alice Network (2017), with an impressive historical novel sure to harness WWII-fiction fans’ attention. Each subplot in its triple-stranded structure thrums with tension that intensifies as they braid together. By 1950, the public’s appetite for tracking war criminals has diminished, but British former war correspondent Ian Graham and his American partner still pursue this painstaking and honorable work. Their ultimate target is die Jägerin (the Huntress), an elusive Nazi murderess, and, for Ian, the mission is personal. As they follow her trail, along with Nina Markova, the sole person to escape her clutches, Nina’s life story unfolds with tangible realism. A distinctly memorable, prickly, razor-wielding heroine, Nina flees remote Siberia in 1937 and trains as a pilot, eventually joining the sisterhood of female bombers known as the “Night Witches.” Lastly, in 1946 Boston, 17-year-old aspiring photographer Jordan McBride grows suspicious of her father’s elegant new Austrian wife. The secondary characters, from Nina’s anti-Stalinist father to Jordan’s pilot boyfriend, feel three-dimensional, and the coldhearted Huntress is a complex villain. Laced with Russian folklore allusions and deliciously witty banter, Quinn’s tale refreshingly avoids contrived situations while portraying three touching, unpredictable love stories; the suspenseful quest for justice; and the courage involved in confronting one’s greatest fears. HIGH-DEMAND BACK STORY: Prepub excitement is running high with a substantial first print run and major, multiplatform publicity campaigns. -- Sarah Johnson (Reviewed 11/15/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 6, p31)
  • This is a novel I can happily recommend to patrons who like historical fiction. It excels in both plotting and character development. Nina Markova, a bomber pilot stranded behind enemy lines, becomes the target of a Nazi assassin. For fans of Jackdaws by Ken Follett and Up In Honey's Room by Elmore Leonard. -- Maria Gruener, Watertown Regional Library, Watertown, SD. (LibraryReads, February 2019)
  • Quinn (The Alice Network) delivers a suspenseful WWII tale of murder and revenge. During the last days of the war in Poland and Austria, a female Nazi known as the Huntress commits unspeakable war crimes and then vanishes into the maelstrom of postwar chaos. A trio of Nazi hunters—an Englishman, an American, and a female Russian bomber pilot who is the only person alive who can identify the Huntress—embark on a search for the Huntress. Each is obsessed with the Huntress for different reasons. Several years later, in Boston, teenager Jordan McBride welcomes a pretty Austrian woman into her family as her new stepmother, but she soon becomes suspicious of the woman’s background, then finally confronts her. Meanwhile, the Nazi hunters’ investigation leads them to Boston, with one member vowing to kill the Huntress. They learn the Huntress’s real name, and subtle clues bring them to Jordan’s family, resulting in a tense climactic showdown. Though it’s longer than it needs to be, this exciting thriller vividly reveals how people face adversity and sacrifice while chasing justice and retribution. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed 11/26/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 48, p)
  • Losing her mom in 1936 was tough, but Jordan McBride and her dad kept it together. Now 17 and dreaming of a photography career in postwar Boston, she finally gets to meet the woman who caught her dad's attention. Meanwhile, in Europe, British former war correspondent Ian and American ex-GI Tony team up with Russian fighter pilot Nina Markova to hunt down war criminals. At the top of their list is the Huntress, known for lulling her victims into a sense of safety before brutally killing them. Nina is the only witness to escape the Huntress. When the trail leads to Boston and the McBrides, will they find a murderer or a dead end? Readers should expect to give up weekend plans once they start this novel. Using fictional characters in a story based on real-life efforts to find Nazi fugitives provides a new historical viewpoint. Quinn (The Alice Network) builds her characters through small details, allowing readers to develop opinions on who's being honest and what their next action might be. The weaving of separate threads into a cohesive, satisfying end is subtle and skillful. VERDICT A great choice for historical fiction fans, particularly of World War IIset novels, mystery readers, or anyone seeking well-crafted stories in which good triumphs over evil. [See Prepub Alert, 8/20/18.] --Stacey Hayman (Reviewed 02/01/2019) (Library Journal, vol 144, issue 2, p84)
  • Nazi hunters team up with a former bomber pilot to bring a killer known as the Huntress to justice. In postwar Europe, Ian, a British war correspondent with a vendetta, and his American sidekick, Tony, have set up a shoestring operation to catch the war criminals who seem to be not just slipping, but swarming through the cracks. The same set of circumstances that led Ian to enter a marriage of convenience with Nina, a Siberian former bomber pilot, has also given both common cause: to chase down Lorelei Vogt, a Nazi known as the Huntress, who, by her lakeside lair in Poland, trapped and killed refugees, many of them children. Lorelei's mother, blandished by Tony, reveals that her daughter immigrated to Boston. Meanwhile, Jordan, an aspiring photographer living in Boston with her widowed antiques-dealer father, Dan, welcomes a new stepmother, Austrian refugee Anneliese, and her 4-year-old daughter, Ruth. Jordan soon grows suspicious of Dan's new bride: A candid shot captures Anneliese's furtive "cruel" glance—and there's that swastika charm hidden in her wedding bouquet. However, Anneliese manages to quell Jordan's suspicions by confessing part of the truth: that Ruth is not really her daughter but a war orphan. That Jordan's suspicions are so easily allayed strains credulity, especially since the reader is almost immediately aware that Anneliese is the Huntress in disguise. The suspense lies in how long it's going to take Ian and company to track her down and what the impact will be on Jordan and Ruth when they do. Well-researched and vivid segments are interspersed detailing Nina's backstory as one of Russia's sizable force of female combat pilots (dubbed The Night Witches by the Germans), establishing her as a fierce yet vulnerable antecedent to Lisbeth Salander. Quinn's language is evocative of the period, and her characters are good literary company. With any luck, the Nazi hunting will go on for a sequel or two. (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2018)
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10755035
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NjBwBT
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Quinn, Kate
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3617.U578
LC item number
H86 2019
Literary form
fiction
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  • Bomber pilots
  • War criminals
  • Nazi hunters
  • War correspondents
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Boston (Mass.)
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • War correspondents
  • Bomber pilots
  • Nazi hunters
  • War criminals
  • FICTION / Historical / General
  • FICTION / War & Military
  • FICTION / Thrillers / Espionage
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The huntress : a novel, Kate Quinn
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
530, 19 pages
Isbn
9780062740373
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)1085895642
Label
The huntress : a novel, Kate Quinn
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
530, 19 pages
Isbn
9780062740373
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)1085895642

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