Author(s): Thomas H. Cook
This is an extraordinary breakout novel from Thomas H. Cook. By turns this is a spy thriller, a war story, a saga of betrayal, vengeance and obsessive love, and the story of a lifelong quest resolved, finally, by a series of mind-wrenching plot twists. In 1939, Thomas Jefferson Danforth, a privileged man in his twenties, became embroiled in a plot that could have changed the world - a plot to kill Hitler. Now, in his ninety-first year, at the dawn of a troubled new era, he sits in the luxury of New York's Century Club and tells his tale to the young man from Washington he has summoned, for reasons of his own, to hear it. Danforth travelled to Europe to provide cover for a mysterious female assassin, Anna Klein, who posed as his secretary. Fuelled by the enigma of her origins, Danforth fell deeply and obsessively in love. Was she, as she claimed, an Armenian orphaned by the Turkish genocide of 1915? Which of the roles she played represents the real Anna Klein? The assassination was to take place at a Munich restaurant, but Hitler left early, and the conspirators were arrested by the Gestapo. To his surprise, Danforth was released, but of Anna there was no word. The plotters were betrayed - but why, and by whom? Was it possible that Anna herself could have been the traitor? These are the questions that shape Danforth's life and quest in the decades that follow. It is a journey of ever-shifting alliances and betrayals that will lead him across a war-torn world, from the ruins of Berlin to the Road of Skulls in Stalin's gulag archipelago, from a hovel in the Ukraine to the Caspian port of Baku, in search of the answers that will piece together the real story of Anna Klein. This title is suitable for fans of commercial crime fiction with a literary edge, such as Philip Kerr, Carlos Ruiz Zafon and David Downing.
"* 'Thomas Cook writes like a wounded angel... In Cook's hands, the crime novel, if that's what this is, moves firmly into literature' - Peter Straub * 'Thomas H. Cook has long been one of my favourite writers' - Harlan Coben * 'One of the finest American thriller writers' - Daily Mail * 'Thomas H. Cook has become a must-read author' - Rough Guide to Crime"
Thomas H. Cook is one of the world's most respected crime writers. He won an Edgar award for his novel The Chatham School Affair and has been shortlisted for the award six times, most recently with Red Leaves, which was also shortlisted for the Duncan Lawrie Gold Dagger award. Cook lives with his family in Cape Cod and New York City.