On The Table Read, “The Best Book Reader Magazine in the UK“ John Steinberg shares his dramatic sequel to Blue Skies Over Berlin, Three Days In Vienna. Elizabeth discovers new revelations about her mysterious mother’s Jewish roots in wartime Vienna: as well as dealing with her husband’s imminent disgrace and the dark lurking secrets of his family’s past.
The perfect read for all those that enjoy a melting pot of themes, Three Days in Vienna offers romance, espionage, conspiracy, family scandals, intrigue and more.
Playwright turned author, John Steinberg’s writing style draws the reader in from the outset, with his forensically well-researched novels (he used a local guide and virtual tours to ensure his representation of Vienna was accurate) oozing well developed characters and storylines that keeps you turning the page.
The sequel to the author’s Blue Skies Over Berlin, Three Days in Vienna is both accomplished and atmospheric. It also seals his reputation as an author of note.
Three Days In Vienna
Elizabeth McCreary’s mother Lillian Frankl was a child of the Kindertransport – but she refuses to speak of the past. Determined to learn more, Elizabeth flies to Vienna on the start of a life-changing journey.
At home in London, her lawyer husband Anthony is facing disgrace. Vast sums have been siphoned off from his firm’s client account to support the far right British Independent Party of which his father, William, is Treasurer. William’s close links with the Crediton Trust in Devon, a pharmaceutical company of prestige and power, are helping to make his political ambitions a reality. However, behind the big-business façade of Crediton lies a dark past rooted in Nazi Germany, of theft and the sinister use to which its drugs were put during World War Two.
For the McCrearys, one astounding revelation follows another. Nothing can ever be the same – and all roads lead inexorably back to Vienna.
About John Steinberg
“I spent many years in business before turning my hand to writing. If you don’t at least attempt a change of careers then you can go through life not knowing what you might be capable of…
“Born in 1952 and raised in North London, I still live in the city with my wife and three children. I was privately educated and left school after ‘A’ levels and completed a business diploma in what is now the University of Westminster, before entering banking.
“I started training as an accountant but did not complete the course, choosing a position in my family’s furniture manufacturing business instead. I started his own mergers and acquisitions business in 1987, which I ran for almost 20 years before quitting to become a full time writer in 2007.
“I have also co-written and produced comedies for the stage and has created a series of books for children.
“Previously, I had only been interested in comedy and finally started to write down the things I said or thought of. That led me to co-write and produce a play, In the Balance, and then W for Banker – which appeared at the New End Theatre, Hampstead. It was then I decided to quit the world of business in favour of writing full-time and move toward more serious subjects. My first novel took two years to write and is the first in a series of books I am calling the ‘Steinberg Stories’. Three Days in Vienna is my fifth novel.”
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