Title: Zoo Station
Author: David Downing
British journalist John Russell, who has spent 15 years working in Germany. Despite finding the Nazis despicable, Russell wants to remain in Germany to be near his girlfriend, Effi Koenen, and his son, Paul, from whose mother he’s divorced. Russell’s life begins to change when he is persuaded to become a spy for the Soviet Union and then simultaneously, for the British
By 1939, Anglo-American journalist John Russell has spent over a decade in Berlin, where his son lives with his mother. He writes human-interest pieces for British and American papers, avoiding the investigative journalism that could get him deported. But as World War II approaches, he faces having to leave his son as well as his girlfriend of several years, a beautiful German starlet. When an acquaintance from his old communist days approaches him to do some work for the Soviets, Russell is reluctant, but he is unable to resist the offer. He becomes involved in other dangerous activities, helping a Jewish family and a determined young American reporter. When the British and the Nazis notice his involvement with the Soviets, Russell is dragged into the murky world of warring intelligence services.