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What's in a Name?

(2014)
(A book in the Bibliomysteries series)
A Novella by

 
Fifty years after the signing of the Armistice Treaty, amateur historian and rare book collector Franklin Altman's native city of Berlin stands in dilapidated contrast to the Manhattan of the victorious United States. A series of financial and familial blessings post WWI allowed him the luxury of retreat from his native country to America, where he changed his name from Ziegfried to Altman and thus secured a position among New York's intellectuals. On the evening of November 11th, 1968, a talk by Altman in honor of the anniversary of the Armistice Treaty takes a dark turn upon the haunting arrival of a classmate from his past. It becomes clear as the two men discuss their lives after the Realschule that they are two sides of the same coin: both born and raised in Germany with a melancholy adoration of the homeland, but whereas Altman's role in the war elevated his position, his comrade's life was destroyed on the faceless, mechanized battlefields. This strange encounter leaves Altman in possession of the man's personal manuscript, his mysterious "life's work," whose contents could have changed the course of history. Thomas H. Cook's re-imagined history of the "dangerously spinning maelstrom" of post WWI is a contemplation on man's ability to affect the world around him and brings to light the delicate relationship between circumstance, individual action, and destiny.

Genre: Mystery
 
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Audio Editions

January 2017 : MP3 CD
thumbTitle: What's in a Name
Author(s): Thomas Cook
ISBN: 1-5366-4275-4 / 978-1-5366-4275-9
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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January 2014 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: What's in a Name
Author(s): Thomas Cook
Publisher: Audible Studios
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January 2014 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: What's in a Name
Author(s): Thomas Cook
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

June 2014 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: What's In A Name (Death Sentences: Short Stories to Die Book 12)
Author(s): Thomas H Cook
Publisher: Head of Zeus
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April 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: What's in a Name? (Bibliomysteries)
Author(s): Thomas H Cook
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
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