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The huntress : a novel / Kate Quinn.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
Physical Description:
530, 19 pages ; 24 cm.


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"...compulsively readable historical fiction...[a] powerful novel about unusual women facing sometimes insurmountable odds with grace, grit, love and tenacity." - Kristin Hannah, The Washington Post

Named one of best books of the year by Marie Claire and Bookbub

"If you enjoyed "The Tattooist of Auschwitz," read "The Huntress," by Kate Quinn." The Washington Post

From the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, THE ALICE NETWORK, comes another fascinating historical novel about a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America.

In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted...

Bold and fearless, Nina Markova always dreamed of flying. When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, she risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on the invading Germans. When she is stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, and only Nina's bravery and cunning will keep her alive.

Transformed by the horrors he witnessed from Omaha Beach to the Nuremberg Trials, British war correspondent Ian Graham has become a Nazi hunter. Yet one target eludes him: a vicious predator known as the Huntress. To find her, the fierce, disciplined investigator joins forces with the only witness to escape the Huntress alive: the brazen, cocksure Nina. But a shared secret could derail their mission unless Ian and Nina force themselves to confront it.

Growing up in post-war Boston, seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride is determined to become a photographer. When her long-widowed father unexpectedly comes homes with a new fiancée, Jordan is thrilled. But there is something disconcerting about the soft-spoken German widow. Certain that danger is lurking, Jordan begins to delve into her new stepmother's past--only to discover that there are mysteries buried deep in her family . . . secrets that may threaten all Jordan holds dear.

In this immersive, heart-wrenching story, Kate Quinn illuminates the consequences of war on individual lives, and the price we pay to seek justice and truth.

Author Notes

Kate Quinn was born and raised in southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor¿s and later a Master¿s degree in Classical Voice. She has always been a lifelong history buff. She put that love of history to work when she wrote four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance. She then moved on to the 20th century with "The Alice Network".

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Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

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 II-set novels, mystery readers, or anyone seeking well-crafted stories in which good triumphs over evil. [See Prepub Alert, 8/20/18.]-Stacey Hayman, Rocky River P.L., OH © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.