Huntress
by Quinn, Kate






Stranded behind enemy lines, brave bomber pilot Nina Markova becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress and joins forces with a Nazi hunter and British war correspondent to find her before she finds them.





*Starred Review* Quinn follows up her breakout book, The Alice Network (2017), with an impressive historical novel sure to harness WWII-fiction fans' attention. Each subplot in its triple-stranded structure thrums with tension that intensifies as they braid together. By 1950, the public's appetite for tracking war criminals has diminished, but British former war correspondent Ian Graham and his American partner still pursue this painstaking and honorable work. Their ultimate target is die Jägerin (the Huntress), an elusive Nazi murderess, and, for Ian, the mission is personal. As they follow her trail, along with Nina Markova, the sole person to escape her clutches, Nina's life story unfolds with tangible realism. A distinctly memorable, prickly, razor-wielding heroine, Nina flees remote Siberia in 1937 and trains as a pilot, eventually joining the sisterhood of female bombers known as the "Night Witches." Lastly, in 1946 Boston, 17-year-old aspiring photographer Jordan McBride grows suspicious of her father's elegant new Austrian wife. The secondary characters, from Nina's anti-Stalinist father to Jordan's pilot boyfriend, feel three-dimensional, and the coldhearted Huntress is a complex villain. Laced with Russian folklore allusions and deliciously witty banter, Quinn's tale refreshingly avoids contrived situations while portraying three touching, unpredictable love stories; the suspenseful quest for justice; and the courage involved in confronting one's greatest fears. HIGH-DEMAND BACK STORY: Prepub excitement is running high with a substantial first print run and major, multiplatform publicity campaigns. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.






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