Reunited in post-WWII Germany, two brothers are caught in a deadly mystery in this “hard-hitting tale of international intrigue” (Ben Pastor, author of Tin Sky).
Munich, 1946: Even in a city still recovering from the war, murder is still murder. But when Irina—a Cossack refugee—confesses to killing a GI, American Captain Harry Kaspar isn’t buying her story. His investigation brings him to a man he considered dead—his long-lost brother, Max, who had returned to the Hitler’s Germany before the war.
Max may have an unforgiveable past, but now he needs Harry for a cause that could redeem him: rescuing Irina’s clan of Cossacks who have been disowned by the Allies and are now being hunted by Soviet death squads.
As a harsh winter looms and the Soviets close in, Harry and Max plan a desperate rescue attempt on a remote stretch of the German-Czech border, where loyalties will be tested, allies will become enemies, and the grave secrets and furious hatreds sown during the war threaten to damn them all in “this masterful story of redemption found within the brutalities of postwar realpolitik” (Kirkus Reviews).