From the New York Times bestselling author of Vodka comes a riveting post World War II Thriller.
London, 1952. The fog rolls in. It seems the Great Fog has claimed another victim—someone who most likely stumbled into the icy shallows of Long Water. In fact, the floater is a prominent biochemist who, only hours before his death, claimed to know something that could change the world.
The chase begins. Ex-spy-turned-Scotland Yard detective Herbert Smith thinks he left the shadows of espionage behind until he traces the victim’s final footsteps. It leads straight into the heart of a secret that is coveted by both the CIA and the KGB—and threatened by the last dangerous vestige of the Third Reich.
“This is how thrillers should be done.”—The Baltimore Sun
At the start of this smart, intriguing puzzle from British author Starling (Vodka), Herbert Smith, "once of the British Army, latterly of MI5" and now a detective with "the Metropolitan Police's Murder Squad," draws the case of a drowned man found in a Hyde Park pond. Normally, this would be a rare occurrence, but it's 1952 and London is gripped in a fog so miasmic that stumbling into a pond can easily be written off as a simple accident. It's not, of course, and Smith's investigations bring him into contact with a scientist who possesses a secret that will change the future; a beautiful, blind police diver, Hannah Mortimer; several Russian spies; British turncoats; and a Nazi so reviled that even today his name evokes absolute evil. Where most thriller writers plumb the depths of imagination for their earth-shattering secrets, Starling does just the opposite by employing the reality of history. It's a difficult trick, but once again he pulls it off with panache.