This standalone historical thriller by the author of the Lincoln Rhyme series pits a mobster against the Third Reich. The government sets a trap for Paul Schumann, a German-American hitman for the mob, and once Paul springs it, offers him a choice: prison or the chance to do what he does best, but for Uncle Sam this time. Posing as a journalist covering the 1936 Olympics, Paul must kill Colonel Reinhard Ernst, the man responsible for rearming Hitler's Germany. But with both the Nazis and the Berlin police on his trail, will Paul be able to successfully carry out his mission?
Chicago born author, Jeffery Deaver, has been richly rewarded for his successful career as a an American mystery/crime writer, including being a three-time Ellery Queen Reader's Award winner, and several different newspaper best of lists around the world.
Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic detective is the main character in his most popular series of novels, such as The Broken Window. His time spent practicing law before he embarked on his writing career definitely gave him greater insight into the cases about which he writes.
He was writing about criminal hackers in his 2001 book, The Blue Nowhere. He also established a computer crime unit within the pages of the book. Several of his novels have been adapted for tv and movies. The most popular among them would be The Bone Collector, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.
Deaver was chosen to write an official James Bond novel, Carter Blanche, published on May 25, 2011, making him the second American author to participate in the series.
This was an interesting story with some history thrown in. I like the characters and the way they interacted with each other. I thought I knew what was going on but with the slight twists keep me listening as it unfolded. Several times I had to stay in my vehicle until I got to a stopping point. Deaver is a master. The narration was pleasant to listen to. Good book.