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The accomplice : a novel

by Kanon, Joseph,

Format: Print Book 2019
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Summary
"Gripping and authentic...Kanon's imagination flourishes [and] the narrative propulsion is clear. A thoroughly satisfying piece of entertainment that extends a tentacle into some serious moral reflection." -- The New York Times Book Review

The "master of the genre" ( The Washington Post ) Joseph Kanon returns with a heart-pounding and intelligent espionage novel about a Nazi war criminal who was supposed to be dead, the rogue CIA agent on his trail, and the beautiful woman connected to them both.

Seventeen years after the fall of the Third Reich, Max Weill has never forgotten the atrocities he saw as a prisoner at Auschwitz--nor the face of Dr. Otto Schramm, a camp doctor who worked with Mengele on appalling experiments and who sent Max's family to the gas chambers. As the war came to a close, Schramm was one of the many high-ranking former-Nazi officers who managed to escape Germany for new lives in South America, where leaders like Argentina's Juan PerĂ³n gave them safe harbor and new identities. With his life nearing its end, Max asks his nephew Aaron Wiley--an American CIA desk analyst--to complete the task Max never could: to track down Otto in Argentina, capture him, and bring him back to Germany to stand trial.

Unable to deny Max, Aaron travels to Buenos Aires and discovers a city where Nazis thrive in plain sight, mingling with Argentine high society. He ingratiates himself with Otto's alluring but wounded daughter, whom he's convinced is hiding her father. Enlisting the help of a German newspaper reporter, an Israeli agent, and the obliging CIA station chief in Buenos Aires, he hunts for Otto--a complicated monster, unexpectedly human but still capable of murder if cornered. Unable to distinguish allies from enemies, Aaron will ultimately have to discover not only Otto, but the boundaries of his own personal morality, how far he is prepared to go to render justice.

"With his remarkable emotional precision and mastery of tone" ( Kirkus Reviews , starred review), Joseph Kanon crafts another compelling and unputdownable thriller that will keep you breathlessly turning the pages.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "It's 1962, but WWII is still fresh in the minds of many, especially Max Weill, an Auschwitz survivor who has devoted the last 17 years to tracking Nazi war criminals, in particular the elusive Dr. Otto Schramm, who worked as a camp doctor with Joseph Mengele. Near death himself, Max sees Schramm on the streets of Hamburg and elicits the aid of his nephew Aaron, a CIA agent, to finally bring the man to justice. Aaron wants no part of his uncle's crusade, but after Max's death, familial obligation drives him to Argentina, where Schramm's daughter, Hana, is living. So begins a complex psychological thriller that evokes Hitchcock's Notorious in the love affair that develops between Aaron and Hana. The hunt for former Nazis living luxurious lives in Argentina has formed the core of numerous thrillers, but, typically, the chase and capture are drawn in strictly black-and-white terms. Here Kanon injects humanity into each of his characters, even Schramm, and the hunters are all wounded in various degrees, the burden of the past obscuring their ability to see the future. Another fine historical thriller from the always-reliable Kanon.--Bill Ott Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Edgar-winner Kanon (Defectors) goes through the motions in this uninspired historical thriller. In 1962 Hamburg, Germany, Max Weill, who has dedicated his life since the Holocaust to getting justice for its victims, is hoping to convince his nephew Aaron Wiley, an intelligence analyst for the CIA, to carry on the family tradition. Max's efforts are unsuccessful until he's convinced that he spots Otto Schramm, a doctor who partnered with Josef Mengele and was believed to have died in a car accident. Aaron is skeptical, until he stakes out the funeral of Schramm's wife in a cemetery near the Hamburg airport, along with a reporter friend, Fritz Gruber, and spots the doctor in attendance, complete with a hulking bodyguard who destroys Gruber's camera and film. Schramm escapes to Buenos Aires, followed by Aaron, who gets close to the Nazi's attractive daughter by pretending to be conducting a research project on the children of the architects of the Holocaust. Readers looking for a nuanced look at the impact of the sins of the parents will be disappointed. This is a low suspense outing from a writer capable of much better. Agent: Amanda Urban, ICM Partners. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Nazi hunters -- Fiction.
Buenos Aires (Argentina) -- Fiction.
Spy fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First Atria Books hardcover edition.
Language English
Description 324 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781501121425
1501121421
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