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The quiet twin : a novel /
Dan Vyleta.
edition
1st U.S. ed.
imprint
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2012, c2011.
description
374 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
1608198081 (pbk.), 9781608198085 (pbk.)
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author
imprint
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2012, c2011.
isbn
1608198081 (pbk.)
9781608198085 (pbk.)
abstract
"In Nazi-occupied Vienna, a string of unsolved murders has thrown the residents of one apartment building into a state of uneasy watchfulness. Anton Beer, a young doctor who has made a study of forensic psychology, is asked by the retired Professor Speckstein to investigate. It is an unwelcome request: Speckstein's job is to spy on the building's residents for the Nazis, and Doctor Beer has his own reasons for keeping his private life hidden from public scrutiny. When Beer discovers a paralyzed young woman in a neighbor's apartment, his life is further complicated. The woman is unable to talk and deathly ill, and Beer, whose own wife has recently left him, smuggles her into his home to nurse her in secret."--Publisher.
catalogue key
8434226
 
Purchase; DSO; 2012; RB301629.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2011-11-07:
Set in Vienna during the first weeks of WWII, Vyleta's captivating detective story, told from multiple perspectives, examines the paranoia and mistrust of neighbors during the height of Hitler's regime. Neighborhood physician Dr. Anton Beer, a specialist in nervous disorders and forensics, is asked by his colleague, Dr. Speckstein, to investigate the death and disembowelment of his beloved pet dog. As the mystery of the slain dog deepens, it becomes apparent that the animal's death may be tied to a serial killer in the city, or perhaps something even more sinister. Also central to the plot are Zuzka, Speckstein's hypochondriac niece, who becomes fascinated with a mime living across the courtyard, and Anneliese Grotter, a hunchbacked seven-year-old with an alcoholic father. Anton and the two girls are on the verge of unraveling the mystery when Det. Franz Teuben, a zealous Nazi, begins to investigate the killings. Vyleta (Pavel & I) carefully provides political and historical context, resulting in a plot that takes a while to get going. However, when the pace picks up, readers will appreciate the novel's well-crafted pathos, dark humor, and chills. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Appeared in Library Journal on 2011-11-15:
Set in Vienna in the fall of 1939, just as World War II is getting under way, Vy-leta's (Pavel & I) novel focuses on residents of an apartment block where several unsolved murders have recently occurred. After Professor Speckstein's dog is killed, Dr. Anton Beer is brought in to examine his high-strung niece, Zuzka. As they gaze out her bedroom window, Zuzka shows Dr. Beer his neighbors as he's never seen them before. Besides Speckstein, the disgraced professor-turned-Nazi informant, there's Anneliese, a nine-year-old girl who lives with her alcoholic father; Yuu, a Japanese musician; and, at the center of it all, Otto Frei, a mysterious mime who lives with his quadriplegic sister, Eva, the quiet twin of the title. It is Eva who will bring the fates of all of these characters together after Zuzka discovers her, ill and uncared for, in Frei's apartment. VERDICT Working primarily through mood, atmospherics, and the general air of malevolence with which he surrounds the action, Vyleta memorably conjures up the darkness both of the times and of the Nazi mind.-Lawrence Rungren, Merrimack Valley Lib. Consortium, North Andover, MA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
This item was reviewed in:
Library Journal, November 2011
Publishers Weekly, November 2011
Booklist, December 2011
Kirkus Reviews, February 2012
New York Times Full Text Review, April 2012
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Main Description
Vienna, 1939. Professor Speckstein's dog has been brutally killed, the latest victim in a string of unsolved murders in the area. Speckstein wants answers-but these are uncharitable times, and one must be careful where one probes... When an unexpected house call leads Doctor Beer to Speckstein's apartment, he finds himself in the bedroom of the professor's flirtatious niece, Zuzka. From her window, the girl gives Beer a view of their apartment block that he has never known. Across the courtyard there is nine-year-old Anneliese, the lonely daughter of an alcoholic. Five windows to the left lives a secretive mime who comes home late at night and keeps something - or someone - precious hidden from view. From the garret drifts the mournful sound of a trumpet player, and a basement door swings closed behind the building's inscrutable janitor. Does one of these enigmatic neighbors have blood on their hands? Doctor Beer, who has his own reasons for keeping his private life hidden from public scrutiny, reluctantly becomes embroiled in an enquiry that forces him to face the dark realities of Nazi rule. Thrilling and deftly told, The Quiet Twin explores a dystopian world of social paranoia, mistrust, and fear-and the danger of staying silent.
Main Description
Vienna, 1939. Professor Speckstein's dog has been brutally killed, the latest victim in a string of unsolved murders. Speckstein wants answers-but these are uncharitable times, and one must be careful where one probes ... When an unexpected house call leads Dr. Beer to Speckstein's apartment, he finds himself in the bedroom of Zuzka, the professor's niece. Wide-eyed, flirtatious, and not detectably ill, Zuzka leads the young doctor to her window and opens up a view of their apartment block that Beer has never known. Across the shared courtyard, there is nine-year-old Anneliese, the lonely daughter of an alcoholic. Five windows to the left lives a secretive mime who comes home late at night and keeps something-or someone-precious hidden from view. From the garret drifts the mournful sound of a trumpet player, and a basement door swings closed behind the building's inscrutable janitor. Does one of these enigmatic neighbors have blood on their hands? Dr. Beer, who has his own reasons for keeping his private life hidden from public scrutiny, reluctantly becomes embroiled in an inquiry that forces him to face the dark realities of Nazi rule. By turns chilling and tender, The Quiet Twin explores a dystopian world of social paranoia, mistrust, and fear-and the danger of staying silent. Praise for The Quiet Twin: "A compelling rumination on watching and watchfulness, served up with Nabokovian glee." - Guardian (UK ) "A striking, pitch-perfect, wonderfully atmospheric and beautifully written ensemble piece that subtly portrays a society on the brink of moral collapse."- Sunday Telegraph (UK )
Main Description
Vienna, 1939. Professor Speckstein's dog has been brutally killed, the latest victim in a string of unsolved murders. Speckstein wants answers-but these are uncharitable times, and one must be careful where one probes ... When an unexpected house call leads Dr. Beer to Speckstein's apartment, he finds himself in the bedroom of Zuzka, the professor's niece. Wide-eyed, flirtatious, and not detectably ill, Zuzka leads the young doctor to her window and opens up a view of their apartment block that Beer has never known. Across the shared courtyard, there is nine-year-old Anneliese, the lonely daughter of an alcoholic. Five windows to the left lives a secretive mime who comes home late at night and keeps something-or someone-precious hidden from view. From the garret drifts the mournful sound of a trumpet player, and a basement door swings closed behind the building's inscrutable janitor. Does one of these enigmatic neighbors have blood on their hands? Dr. Beer, who has his own reasons for keeping his private life hidden from public scrutiny, reluctantly becomes embroiled in an inquiry that forces him to face the dark realities of Nazi rule. By turns chilling and tender, The Quiet Twinexplores a dystopian world of social paranoia, mistrust, and fear-and the danger of staying silent. Praise for The Quiet Twin: "A compelling rumination on watching and watchfulness, served up with Nabokovian glee." - Guardian(UK ) "A striking, pitch-perfect, wonderfully atmospheric and beautifully written ensemble piece that subtly portrays a society on the brink of moral collapse."- Sunday Telegraph(UK )

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