Monday, August 16, 2010

MFA Greensboro Faculty Craig Nova Reviewed in The Washington Post

By Stephen Amidon


It is almost impossible to think about Weimar Berlin without a sense of impending doom. If ever a city was about to be plunged into historical darkness, it was the German capital circa 1930. This ill-fated metropolis is the setting for Craig Nova’s powerfully atmospheric literary thriller “The Informer.”

For Nova, Berlin is a place where corruption, betrayal and spasmodic violence run through the streets as regularly as the city’s S-Bahn trains. The heroine of his story is Gaelle, a young prostitute with a badly scarred face who uses her profession to serve as a spy for several of Berlin’s political and criminal organizations. It is a perilous life, made riskier by the fact that the city’s prostitutes are being murdered at an alarming rate. Her only confidant is Felix, a 16-year-old pimp whose youth and frailty mask a lethal cunning.

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