City of Thieves

by David Benioff Year Published:

Leningrad, Russia: WWII: two teenage boys thrown in prison.  Lev Beniov is caught looting a German’s paratrooper’s corpse. Even though the punishment is execution, Colonel Grechko instead sends him on a mission. He is paired with Kolya, a Russian army deserter, and “they set off on a journey that takes them through a series of nightmarish war zones, populated by cannibals, prostitutes, starving children, and demonic Nazi chess enthusiasts.”(The New Yorker)