With cinematic scope and masterful pacing, Charles McCarry delivers a haunting parable of a man confronted with the ghosts of an entire generation's brutal history.
The grand tale begins in 1939 Berlin, where young Paul Christopher and his family are struggling against the rise of Nazi totalitarianism. The Christophers are known to be sympathetic to the persecuted Jews, and 16-year-old Paul has fallen in love with the daughter of a Jewish doctor. Their enemy is a sadistic S.S. officer named Stutzer, who will stop at nothing to destroy the young couple.
Twenty years later, top CIA agent Paul Christopher is the only living witness to Stutzer's crimes. As he edges toward the final confrontation with this mortal enemy, Christopher is forced to operate in the one theater he had thought he had mastered: his own past.
"The best writer of intelligence and political novels in the world." (Boston Globe)
"Wildly romantic....Former spook McCarry remains at the top of his game." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Veteran McCarry remains a compelling storyteller....The book speeds toward a satisfying, inevitable conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)
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