Rebecca Cantrell majored in German, Creative Writing, and History at the Freie Universitaet of Berlin and Carnegie Mellon University. She currently lives in Hawaii with her husband and son. A Trace of Smoke is her first novel.
"A compelling and human story that captures brilliantly the atmosphere of Berlin during the rise of the Nazis."--Anne Perry, "New York"" Times" bestselling author of "We Shall Not Sleep""Make room on your bookshelf for a talented new novelist named Rebecca Cantrell. In "A Trace of Smoke," she delivers a historical mystery that works on every level. It's a riveting page-turner. It's an insightful study of a young woman in peril. It's a unerringly accurate vision of a society slipping steadily toward madness. And it's written with a sense of clarity, pace, and attention to detail that tells you this author is going to be writing terrific stories for a long time. So don't miss her debut."--William Martin, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Back Bay" and "The Lost Constitution" "Evocative and hauntingly crafted, Rebecca Cantrell's debut mystery "A Trace of Smoke "is a treasure of suspense, romance, and murder. Her ability to spin history into a visceral reality is done with the artistry of a master storyteller. Truly a stunning start to a long career."--James Rollins, "New York"" Times" bestseller of "The Judas Strain"
"Step into the fun house world of 1931 Berlin where no one and nothing is what it seems.... "A Trace of Smoke" is compulsive reading with all the juiciness of the tawdry world of "Cabaret" but told with keen insight to the historical criminality taking place."--Sara Colleton, executive producer of "Dexter "and "The Painted Veil""Moving through the Berlin of 1931, with the monstrosity of the next decade stirring beneath the streets, Rebecca Cantrell's characters illustrate the very human desire to cling to innocence and joy, to do right no matter the cost, to shelterlight amidst growing darkness. Both personal and historical, "A Trace of Smoke" clings to the mind."--Laurie R. King, "New York Times "bestselling author of "The Game"