At the end of 1945 in a shattered Germany, Anna Klein is faced with tough choices about her future. Her plum job working as a translator for Captain Henry Cooper, one of the American Monuments Men, means she has a house and an income, as well as hands-on access to some of the world’s most precious art. But her life is falling apart on all fronts: her family is displaced, the boy in her care is being sought by authorities, and she must resolve to finally end her marriage. When she realizes that someone has tampered with two important paintings taken from a Jewish collector—paintings she was charged with safeguarding—Anna is determined to solve the crime. But without hard evidence and no motive, she can prove nothing and as State Department big wigs threaten to shut down the Monument Men’s operation, she and her boss are under special scrutiny. As all signs begin to point to an inconvenient suspect in the crime, she has to play it by the book to keep her job and return the art to its rightful owner, if she can find him.
Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 9.50 out of 10
Plot: This is a very clever and novel storyline, transporting the reader into another time and place. There are several equally engaging subplots that will keep the reader invested in seeing the story through to the end.
Prose/Style: Yetmen is a talented writer, able to craft dialogue, action and description with skill. Because the storyline is complex, the author must (and does) shift focus from one plot line to another with dexterity, and the reader is not short-changed.
Originality: The author offers up a completely original story line with distinctive situations and characters.
Character Development/Execution: The characters here, particularly Anna, are well-defined, nuanced, and believable.
Date Submitted: June 04, 2021