CONSPIRACY OF BLOOD AND SMOKE
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
Publication Date: April 21, 2015
In 1930s Oxford, the days are long
and pleasant, the people simple and straight forward. Except for one.
The girl known as Gretchen Whitestone has a secret: she used to be part of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle. More than a year after she made an enemy of her old family friend and fled Munich,
she lives with a kindly English family, posing as an ordinary German immigrant, and is preparing to graduate from high school. Her love, Daniel Cohen, is a reporter in town. For the first time in her life, Gretchen is content.
But then, Daniel gets a telegram that sends him back to Germany, and Gretchen’s world turns upside down. When she receives word that Daniel is wanted for murder, she has to face the danger she thought she’d escaped—and return to her homeland.
Gretchen must do everything she can to avoid recognition and capture, even though
saving Daniel will mean consorting with her former friends, the Nazi elite. And as they work to clear Daniel’s name, Gretchen and Daniel discover a deadly conspiracy stretching from the slums of Berlin to the Reichstag itself. Can they dig up the explosive truth and get out in time—or will Hitler discover them first?
Acclaimed author Anne Blankman returns to the dangerous world of 1930s Germany in this thrilling sequel to Prisoner of Night and Fog.
Critical Praise for Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke:
"Will leave the reader breathless with each unpredictable plot twist. Highly recommended."
-- VOYA (starred review)
"Blankman once again expertly crafts a powerful story full of mystery, intrigue, romance, and edge-of-your-seat terror and suspense. The well-researched plotlines are fascinating, while the multi-dimensional cast of characters drive the story... A captivating historical fiction title."
-- School Library Journal
"Blankman's sequel to Prisoner of Night and Fog (2014) furthers her budding reputation as one able to seamlessly incorporate impressive amounts of research into a rich, surprising narrative... [T]he book's meld of romance, action, and thriller is utterly convincing... The mystery... twists effectively, ramping up to a real-life historical conspiracy. Bold and brave."
"Fascinating... Suspenseful and clever, intertwining historical truth with action-packed shootouts."
-- Kirkus Reviews