The Detour

The Detour

Book - 2012
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Ernst Vogler is twenty-six years old in 1938 when he is sent to Rome by his employer—the Third Reich's Sonderprojekte, which is collecting the great art of Europe and bringing it to Germany for the Führer. Vogler is to collect a famous Classical Roman marble statue, The Discus Thrower, and get it to the German border, where it will be turned over to Gestapo custody. It is a simple, three-day job.

Things start to go wrong almost immediately. The Italian twin brothers who have been hired to escort Vogler to the border seem to have priorities besides the task at hand—wild romances, perhaps even criminal jobs on the side—and Vogler quickly loses control of the assignment. The twins set off on a dangerous detour and Vogler realizes he will be lucky to escape this venture with his life, let alone his job. With nothing left to lose, the young German gives himself up to the Italian adventure, to the surprising love and inevitable losses along the way.

The Detour is a bittersweet novel about artistic obsession, misplaced idealism, detours, and second chances, set along the beautiful back-roads of northern Italy on the eve of war.

Baker & Taylor
Dispatched by the Third Reich to collect a classical Roman marble statue and relinquish it to Gestapo custody, Ernst Vogler discovers that his escorts are pursuing nefarious side agendas and leaving him to fend for himself.

Baker
& Taylor

Dispatched by the Third Reich's Sonderprojeke to collect a famous Classical Roman marble statue and relinquish it to Gestapo custody, Ernst Vogler discovers that his protective escorts are pursuing nefarious side agendas and leaving him to fend for himself in what proves to be an unexpectedly dangerous job. By the author of The Spanish Bow.

Publisher: New York : Soho Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9781616950507
1616950501
9781616950491
1616950498
Characteristics: 307 p.; 22 cm.

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