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“A superior thriller” set in the early days of WWII, when the Nazis, with the help of Argentinean collaborators, staked out territory in the South Atlantic (Library Journal).
An Argentine playboy races down the darkened alleys of Buenos Aires, a German on his tail. He darts into a steamy tango hall and begs one of the dancers for refuge, but his pursuer is unshakable. The German leaves with the scrap of information that had been destined for the Americans. The playboy was a spy for the Allies, known as Raven.
American polo player Charles Stewart is sent to discover who the Raven’s source was. A secret agent in a time before the CIA, he wants to be on the front lines in Europe, not in the back alleys of Buenos Aires. But the Nazis have engineered a plot to turn Argentina toward their cause—and with it, all of South America. The world’s destiny will be decided in the land of tango, and Stewart, mingling with Argentine high society, will be the one leading the dance.
War of the Raven was selected by the American Library Association as one of the 100 Best Books ever written about World War II.
By the time readers get through the first several chapters of this exciting thriller set in 1939 Argentina, they will wonder how Kaplan ( Scorpion ) is going to keep up the pace. By that point, there are several violent killings, a brutal live-sex show, plus more personal and romantic couplings, a wild car chase through the streets of Buenos Aires and enough cryptic references to past events to fill a dozen espionage novels. But Kaplan has a trick up his sleeve; his tale of an American spy trying desperately to uncover a Nazi secret that may change the course of WW II is just one of the stories he has to tell. Deftly dropping back some 75 years he unfolds--in regular flashbacks--an account of the mysterious man who was a dominant force in Argentinean history and whose personal vendetta still influences events years after his death. This story, in fact, is the true heart of the novel. In the end, revenge for a decades-old injustice, rather than the colliding forces of a war-torn world, leads to the horrifying conclusion of this smashing, sexy and unforgettable read.