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“As moving as it is gripping. A winner on all fronts.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Heart-pounding…This is Gross’s best work yet, with his heart and soul imprinted on every page.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Poland. 1944. Alfred Mendl and his family are brought on a crowded train to a Nazi concentration camp after being caught trying to flee Paris with forged papers. His family is torn away from him on arrival, his life’s work burned before his eyes. To the guards, he is just another prisoner, but in fact Mendl—a renowned physicist—holds knowledge that only two people in the world possess. And the other is already at work for the Nazi war machine.

Four thousand miles away, in Washington, DC, Intelligence lieutenant Nathan Blum routinely decodes messages from occupied Poland. Having escaped the Krakow ghetto as a teenager after the Nazis executed his family, Nathan longs to do more for his new country in the war. But never did he expect the proposal he receives from “Wild” Bill Donovan, head of the OSS: to sneak into the most guarded place on earth, a living hell, on a mission to find and escape with one man, the one man the Allies believe can ensure them victory in the war.

Bursting with compelling characters and tense story lines, this historical thriller from New York Times bestseller Andrew Gross is a deeply affecting, unputdownable series of twists and turns through a landscape at times horrifyingly familiar but still completely new and compelling.

Mysteries & Thrillers
August 23
St. Martin's Press

Customer Reviews

superacidjax ,

Will leave you gasping for breath..

This book kicks you right in the teeth. Extraordinary. I have read all sorts of fiction and non-fiction about the camps, but this one is by far one of the most horrific and suspenseful ones ever because it gives you hope, takes it away, gives it back and then slaps you with it. The chess-playing scenes were nail-biting; any minute you expect something to shatter everything. You can almost hear the clock ticking; you’ll be holding your breath in fear.

This book was impossible to put down but impossible to read without an ongoing dread, fear, and constant hope that triumph is just around the corner. An exhausting book: spectacular, tragic, hopeful and depressing — simultaneously.

Wow. I just finished it a few minutes ago and I need a class of cognac and perhaps a few hours of watching The Office just to wind down from it.

This is a must-read, but be warned — it will grab you by the throat and leave you gasping for breath while haunting your dreams. This book burrows itself into your very humanity.

AFarbs ,

The One Man


alvinb ,

Edge of my seat.

Great book literally kept me on edge of my seat.

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