Monday, February 13, 2012

Pg. 69: Andromeda Romano-Lax's "The Detour"

The current feature at the Page 69 Test: The Detour by Andromeda Romano-Lax.

About the book, from the publisher:
Ernst Vogler is twenty-four years old in 1938, an employee of the Third Reich's Sonderprojekt, which is carrying out the F├╝hrer's designs to collect the great art of Europe. A country on the eve of inevitable war, Germany is an unhappy place for artistic, apolitical Vogler, especially when his mentor disappears without explanation. Before he can learn the reason, Vogler is given an assignment: travel to Italy and collect a famous Classical Roman 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 activities 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 over to the Italian adventure, and to the surprising love and losses along the way.
Learn more about the book and author at Andromeda Romano-Lax's website.

Romano-Lax worked as a freelance journalist and travel writer before turning to fiction. Her first novel, The Spanish Bow, was translated into eleven languages and was chosen as a New York Times Editors’ Choice, BookSense pick, and one of Library Journal’s Best Books of the Year.

The Page 69 Test: The Spanish Bow.

The Page 69 Test: The Detour.

--Marshal Zeringue