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THE CRUELTY


a novel by s. bergstrom

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THE CRUELTY


a novel by s. bergstrom


"i'm every bit the devil you imagined."

When her diplomat father is kidnapped and the U.S. Government refuses to help, 17-year-old Gwendolyn Bloom sets off across the underbelly of Europe to rescue him. Following the only lead she has—the name of a Palestinian informer living in France—Gwendolyn plunges into a brutal world of arms smuggling and human trafficking. As she journeys from the slums of Paris, to the nightclubs of Berlin, to the violent heart of the most feared criminal family in Prague, Gwendolyn discovers that to survive in this new world she must become every bit as cruel as the men she’s hunting. 

 

Hard-hitting, action packed, and sucked me in from the first page.
— Roxanne Kade, bestselling novelist
The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom gave me exactly what I want from a thriller.
— Inga Silberg, Me and Reading
[Bergstrom] totally knocked it out of the park with this one!
— Kari Anderson, The KariAnnalysis
Pardon my language, but holy shit. Read this. That’s all I can say to you.
— Jessica Nottingham, The Hopeless Bibliophile

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the author


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the author


S. Bergstrom is a writer and traveler fascinated by the darker, unloved corners of the world’s great cities. His books and articles on architecture and urbanism have been widely published in both the United States and Europe. The Cruelty is his first novel. 

For many years, Bergstrom worked as a writer for one of the largest and most prestigious advertising agencies in Manhattan. There he created print, television, and web communications campaigns for such brands as Chase, Ford Motor Company, Boeing, and the U.S. Department of State.