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The Arms Maker of Berlin
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Dan Fesperman's travels as a writer have taken him to thirty countries and three war zones. Lie in the Dark won the Crime Writers' Association of Britain's John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for best first crime novel, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows won their Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for best thriller, and The Prisoner of Guant namo won the Dashiell Hammett Award from the International Association of Crime Writers. He lives in Baltimore.

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History professor Nat Turnbull, who specializes in the German resistance, is called in to examine four boxes of World War II archives stolen by his onetime mentor. But key files are missing from the boxes. When his mentor is found dead in jail, the FBI hires Nat to track down the missing files. The trail turns out to be dangerous, as an aging Berlin arms dealer fights to hide evidence of his collaboration with the Nazis. VERDICT Winner of the John Creasy Memorial Dagger Award and the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, Fesperman (The Prisoner of Guantùnamo) writes well. His characters are believable, and the strong and credible plot will especially appeal to fans of World War II espionage fiction. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/09.]-DK Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Four missing documents from WWII provide the fuel for Fesperman's fine stand-alone thriller. The FBI hires Nat Turnbull, a Nazi expert at a second-tier New England university, to find the documents, but Nat soon discovers that the agency has reasons other than historical integrity for wanting them found: to keep a lid on certain war-era sins committed by a German industrialist whose enormous company has been a major weapons supplier to the West. As Turnbull shuttles between Europe and the U.S., he manages to stay a step ahead of a mysterious killer who's knocking off anyone who may know something about the missing files. Fesperman (The Prisoner of Guantanamo) convincingly evokes the fraying Reich in 1944, a time of shifting allegiances when many Germans focused on positioning themselves for a Hitler-less future, though the who and why of all the recent killings remain somewhat murky. Still, readers who like a bit of history with their thrills will be thoroughly satisfied. (Aug.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"Compelling . . . nonstop action."--The Baltimore Sun "'Intelligent thriller' is almost an oxymoron . . . Which may be why novels like Dan Fesperman's are so rare . . . Fesperman just can't help drawing on his experience as a journalist covering foreign conflicts. And that experience puts the meat on the intricate bone structure of his thriller plots. You come away from a Fesperman novel not only abuzz with the exhilaration of the chase, but also aware that you've absorbed something of the complexity of the world's conflicts . . . Fesperman's characters in The Arms Maker of Berlin, particularly Bauer, are smartly imagined and subtly drawn."--San Francisco Chronicle "A smoothly accelerating thriller . . . Fesperman is a skillful, unpretentious writer who deftly incorporates his extensive knowledge of the period." --Boston Globe "Well-crafted entertainment that also delivers complex truths about warfare and survival." --Kirkus Reviews

"Fesperman convincingly evokes the fraying Reich in 1944 . . . Readers who like a bit of history with their thrills will be thoroughly satisfied." --
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"Fesperman writes well. His characters are believable, and the strong and credible plot will specially appeal to fans of World War II espionage fiction." --
Library Journal "This one is definitely not your out-of-the-box spy caper, thus highly recommended . . . In the jaded world of the post-modern spy novel, there are no good guys or bad guys, no black or white--just a thousand shades of gray. This combination of anomie and espionage can get tiresome after awhile, but in Fesperman's newest novel, he spices things up."--Booklist (starred)

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