“Henry Porter . . . has used his expertise about espionage and international relations to produce another elegant spy thriller that, I believe, John le Carré himself would be pleased to have attributed to him.” The Guardian“A first-rate thriller . . . [Brandenburg Gate] exhilaratingly testifies to the thriller genre’s ability to transcend its primary role as entertainment.” The Sunday Times (London)
September 1989. The Communist government in East Germany
is on the brink, desperately clinging to power through the iron grip of the Stasi. One of the most formidable intelligence services the world has ever seen, the Stasi has one informer for every seven residents of East Germany
, plus countless armed guards, special jails, and nightmarish interrogation centers. But even the Stasi can’t stop the rebellion that ends in the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is in these last few frenzied weeks that Brandenburg Gate
Dr. Rudi Rosenharte, formerly a Stasi foreign agent, now an art scholar living in Dresden
, is sent to Trieste
to rendezvous with his old lover, Annalise Schering. The problem: Rudi knows she’s dead. He saw her lying in her own bloodied bathwater, and then kept her suicide a secret.
The Stasi believe Annalise is returning to the fold with vital intelligence. To make sure Rosenharte plays the game while in Italy
, they have imprisoned his family. But the Stasi is not the only intelligence agency using Rosenharte. Soon the British and the Americans encircle him, forcing him to choose to either abandon his beloved brother to a torturous death or return to East Germany
as a double agent.Brandenburg Gate
is a brilliant, gripping, and multilayered espionage thriller that captures the fall of the Berlin Wall, the most important geopolitical event of the last fifty years, as shocking and unexpected as it was revolutionary.