The city is melting in summer heat when Lucy Masterson arrives to start a new life with the husband she's only known for a short time. Through her marriage, she becomes an uneasy member of the expatriate community who are the occupying powers in the former capital of Germany. It is 1968-the wider world is restive, but Berlin is still a wounded city, one where a new world has been built over ruins and post-war chaos. Russia controls East Germany, having erected the Berlin Wall only a few years earlier, and the balance of power is fraught. Within the walled city, the tensions are replicated in the lives of its inhabitants. Secrets, hostilities, divided loyalties, strange alliances, and a sense of entrapment underpin life. At the Devil's Mountain, Lucy begins to understand why she's been drawn to the city. Not as innocent as she appears, she's aware of her role in a story that started long ago: Is her marriage one of love or convenience? A trap or an escape? And, crucially, can she tell friend from enemy?
ELIZABETH SPELLER studied Classics at Cambridge. She has written for various publications, and has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Birmingham, and Bristol. She divides her life between Gloucestershire and Greece.