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The Huntress
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The Huntress
A Novel
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"...compulsively readable historical fiction...[a] powerful novel about unusual women facing sometimes insurmountable odds with grace, grit, love and tenacity." - Kristin Hannah, The Washington Post

Named one of best books of the year by Marie Claire and Bookbub

"If you enjoyed "The Tattooist of Auschwitz," read "The Huntress," by Kate Quinn." The Washington Post

From the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, THE ALICE NETWORK, comes another fascinating historical novel about a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America.

In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted...

Bold and fearless, Nina Markova always dreamed of flying. When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, she risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on the invading Germans. When she is stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, and only Nina's bravery and cunning will keep her alive.

Transformed by the horrors he witnessed from Omaha Beach to the Nuremberg Trials, British war correspondent Ian Graham has become a Nazi hunter. Yet one target eludes him: a vicious predator known as the Huntress. To find her, the fierce, disciplined investigator joins forces with the only witness to escape the Huntress alive: the brazen, cocksure Nina. But a shared secret could derail their mission unless Ian and Nina force themselves to confront it.

Growing up in post-war Boston, seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride is determined to become a photographer. When her long-widowed father unexpectedly comes homes with a new fiancée, Jordan is thrilled. But there is something disconcerting about the soft-spoken German widow. Certain that danger is lurking, Jordan begins to delve into her new stepmother's past—only to discover that there are mysteries buried deep in her family . . . secrets that may threaten all Jordan holds dear.

In this immersive, heart-wrenching story, Kate Quinn illuminates the consequences of war on individual lives, and the price we pay to seek justice and truth.

"...compulsively readable historical fiction...[a] powerful novel about unusual women facing sometimes insurmountable odds with grace, grit, love and tenacity." - Kristin Hannah, The Washington Post

Named one of best books of the year by Marie Claire and Bookbub

"If you enjoyed "The Tattooist of Auschwitz," read "The Huntress," by Kate Quinn." The Washington Post

From the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, THE ALICE NETWORK, comes another fascinating historical novel about a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America.

In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted...

Bold and fearless, Nina Markova always dreamed of flying. When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, she risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on the invading Germans. When she is stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, and only Nina's bravery and cunning will keep her alive.

Transformed by the horrors he witnessed from Omaha Beach to the Nuremberg Trials, British war correspondent Ian Graham has become a Nazi hunter. Yet one target eludes him: a vicious predator known as the Huntress. To find her, the fierce, disciplined investigator joins forces with the only witness to escape the Huntress alive: the brazen, cocksure Nina. But a shared secret could derail their mission unless Ian and Nina force themselves to confront it.

Growing up in post-war Boston, seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride is determined to become a photographer. When her long-widowed father unexpectedly comes homes with a new fiancée, Jordan is thrilled. But there is something disconcerting about the soft-spoken German widow. Certain that danger is lurking, Jordan begins to delve into her new stepmother's past—only to discover that there are mysteries buried deep in her family . . . secrets that may threaten all Jordan holds dear.

In this immersive, heart-wrenching story, Kate Quinn illuminates the consequences of war on individual lives, and the price we pay to seek justice and truth.

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About the Author-
  • Kate Quinn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. A native of southern California, she attended Boston University where she earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Classical Voice. She has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th century with The Alice Network and The Huntress. All have been translated into multiple languages. Kate and her husband now live in San Diego with two rescue dogs.

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  • Kirkus

    December 15, 2018
    Nazi hunters team up with a former bomber pilot to bring a killer known as the Huntress to justice.In postwar Europe, Ian, a British war correspondent with a vendetta, and his American sidekick, Tony, have set up a shoestring operation to catch the war criminals who seem to be not just slipping, but swarming through the cracks. The same set of circumstances that led Ian to enter a marriage of convenience with Nina, a Siberian former bomber pilot, has also given both common cause: to chase down Lorelei Vogt, a Nazi known as the Huntress, who, by her lakeside lair in Poland, trapped and killed refugees, many of them children. Lorelei's mother, blandished by Tony, reveals that her daughter immigrated to Boston. Meanwhile, Jordan, an aspiring photographer living in Boston with her widowed antiques-dealer father, Dan, welcomes a new stepmother, Austrian refugee Anneliese, and her 4-year-old daughter, Ruth. Jordan soon grows suspicious of Dan's new bride: A candid shot captures Anneliese's furtive "cruel" glance--and there's that swastika charm hidden in her wedding bouquet. However, Anneliese manages to quell Jordan's suspicions by confessing part of the truth: that Ruth is not really her daughter but a war orphan. That Jordan's suspicions are so easily allayed strains credulity, especially since the reader is almost immediately aware that Anneliese is the Huntress in disguise. The suspense lies in how long it's going to take Ian and company to track her down and what the impact will be on Jordan and Ruth when they do. Well-researched and vivid segments are interspersed detailing Nina's backstory as one of Russia's sizable force of female combat pilots (dubbed The Night Witches by the Germans), establishing her as a fierce yet vulnerable antecedent to Lisbeth Salander. Quinn's language is evocative of the period, and her characters are good literary company.With any luck, the Nazi hunting will go on for a sequel or two.

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  • Booklist

    Starred review from November 15, 2018
    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 J�gerin (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.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

  • Library Journal

    Starred review from February 1, 2019

    Losing her mom in 1936 was tough, but Jordan McBride and her dad kept it together. Now 17 and dreaming of a photography career in postwar Boston, she finally gets to meet the woman who caught her dad's attention. Meanwhile, in Europe, British former war correspondent Ian and American ex-GI Tony team up with Russian fighter pilot Nina Markova to hunt down war criminals. At the top of their list is the Huntress, known for lulling her victims into a sense of safety before brutally killing them. Nina is the only witness to escape the Huntress. When the trail leads to Boston and the McBrides, will they find a murderer or a dead end? Readers should expect to give up weekend plans once they start this novel. Using fictional characters in a story based on real-life efforts to find Nazi fugitives provides a new historical viewpoint. Quinn (The Alice Network) builds her characters through small details, allowing readers to develop opinions on who's being honest and what their next action might be. The weaving of separate threads into a cohesive, satisfying end is subtle and skillful. VERDICT A great choice for historical fiction fans, particularly of World War IIset novels, mystery readers, or anyone seeking well-crafted stories in which good triumphs over evil. [See Prepub Alert, 8/20/18.]--Stacey Hayman, Rocky River P.L., OH

    Copyright 2019 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Library Journal

    February 1, 2019

    Two people seek a murderous Nazi called the Huntress: Nina Markova, who flew with the Night Witches, the Soviet Union's all-female night-bomber regiment, and traumatized British war correspondent-turned-Nazi hunter Ian Graham. Then there's Boston teenager Jordan, puzzled by her widowed father's new German wife. With a 200,000-copy paperback and 25,000-copy hardcover first printing; Quinn's The Alice Network was a LibraryReads pick.

    Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kristin Hannah, Washington Post "It is brilliantly paced and impossible to put down."
  • Pam Jenoff, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Orphan’s Tale "Prepare to be spellbound! The Huntress masterfully draws you in and doesn't let you go. Another brilliant work of historical fiction by the incomparable Kate Quinn."
  • Susan Meissner, bestselling author of As Bright as Heaven "Quinn deftly braids the stories of a female Russian bomber pilot, Nazi hunters, and a young Bostonian girl staring down evil in the most unthinkable of places. The result is a searing tale of predator and prey, transgression and redemption and the immutable power of the truth. An utter triumph!"
  • Jennifer Robson, bestselling author of Goodnight from London "An intense and enthralling mystery. Meticulously researched...the texture and depth that is offered to the world Quinn's characters inhabit make for an engrossing tale. In The Huntress Kate Quinn has created a gripping and elegant historical mystery— this one is not to be missed!"
  • Wall Street Journal "[A] complexly structured saga delivers exciting aerial sequences and intrigue worthy of a Hitchcock movie. The book's psychological and dramatic elements combine for a powerful and satisfying finale. To paraphrase one of the characters, Ms. Quinn's book is "dynamite in print."
  • Booklist (starred review) "Gripping historical fiction"
  • Library Journal (starred review) "Quinn's narrative is full of suspense. Expertly plotted, with questions of justice at its center, The Huntress is a dark, riveting account of war, revenge and deep human compassion in the face of both"
  • Kirkus Reviews "An impressive historical novel sure to harness WWII-fiction fans' attention... 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."
  • Publishers Weekly "Kate Quinn follows her word-of-mouth bestseller, The Alice Network, with another compulsively readable historical novel ...[a] powerful novel about unusual women facing sometimes insurmountable odds with grace, grit, love and tenacity."
  • Good Housekeeping "Quinn delivers a suspenseful WWII tale of murder and revenge. This exciting thriller vividly reveals how people face adversity and sacrifice while chasing justice and retribution."
  • Marie Claire "The Huntress left me breathless with delight... Kate Quinn has created nothing less than a masterpiece of historical fiction."
  • Refinery 29 "The author of the bestselling book The Alice Network is back with another engrossing (and deliciously long) novel...lots of threads means only one thing: lots of twists."
  • Shelf Awareness "If you like period dramas, thrillers, female-fronted sagas, or all three, you'll want to pre-order your copy soon."
  • Mystery Scene "Well-researched and vivid segments are interspersed detailing Nina's backstory... a fierce yet vulnerable antecedent to Lisbeth Salander. Quinn's language is evocative of the period, and her characters are good literary company. With any luck, the Nazi hunting will go on for a sequel or two."
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