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"As moving as it is gripping. A winner on all fronts."-- Booklist (starred review)

"Heart-pounding…This is Gross's best work yet, with his heart and soul imprinted on every page."-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Poland. 1944. Alfred Mendl and his family are brought on a crowded train to a Nazi concentration camp after being caught trying to flee Paris with forged papers. His family is torn away from him on arrival, his life's work burned before his eyes. To the guards, he is just another prisoner, but in fact Mendl--a renowned physicist--holds knowledge that only two people in the world possess. And the other is already at work for the Nazi war machine.

Four thousand miles away, in Washington, DC, Intelligence lieutenant Nathan Blum routinely decodes messages from occupied Poland. Having escaped the Krakow ghetto as a teenager after the Nazis executed his family, Nathan longs to do more for his new country in the war. But never did he expect the proposal he receives from "Wild" Bill Donovan, head of the OSS: to sneak into the most guarded place on earth, a living hell, on a mission to find and escape with one man, the one man the Alliesbelieve can ensure them victory in the war.

Bursting with compelling characters and tense story lines, this historical thriller from New York Times bestseller Andrew Gross is a deeply affecting, unputdownable series of twists and turns through a landscape at times horrifyingly familiar but still completely new and compelling.

Author Notes

Andrew Gross was born in 1952 in New York City. He grew up in Manhattan and attended the Barnard School for Boys. Both his father and grandfather were successful clothing manufacturers; they ran the Leslie Fay Companies. Gross received a degree in English from Middlebury College in 1974. In 1982, he received a Masters in Business from Columbia University. He attended the Writers Program at the University of Iowa.

The draft of his first book Hydra, a political thriller, was completed in 1998. After dozens of rejections from agents and ultimately publishers he received a phone call from James Patterson. Gross met with Patterson and discussed the early concepts for what ultimately became the Women's Murder Club series. Gross worked with Patterson on several books in this series, including Second Chance and Third Degree, both of which were bestsellers. Then, they branched out on different themes together, co-authoring the bestsellers, The Jester, Lifeguard, and Judge and Jury.

In pursuing his solo career, Gross wrote such works as The Blue Zone, which debuted on the New York Times bestseller list in the United States. A year later, It was followed up by The Dark Tide ( 2007), which was nominated for Thriller of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association. The Dark Tide featured the Gross fictional detective Ty Hauck of Greenwich, Connecticut, who became the lead character in his corruption and political conspiracy-based bestsellers Don't Look Twice and Reckless. His titles 12 Seconds and Everything to Lose also made the New York Times bestseller list. The One Man was published in August 2016. His latest bestseller is The Saboteur.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* In 1944, as scientists race to devise the weapon to end the war, those in the Manhattan Project need one man: Alfred Mendl, a Polish professor of electromagnetic physics, who worked out a process of separating U-235 from U-238. But Mendl is imprisoned in Auschwitz, where his wife and daughter died and from which only two men have ever escaped. So an OSS officer devises a plan to smuggle an operative into the death camp to get Mendl out. The optimum operative tuns out to be Lieutenant Nathan Blum, a Jew fluent in Polish and German who carries the guilt of being the only member of his family to escape his native Poland during the Holocaust. The narrative toggles between the weakening Mendl passing his formulas to a teen with a remarkable memory (he's a chess champion) and a Nazi intelligence officer who knows something is up and is trying to put together clues. This is a genre departure for Gross, who was inspired by his Polish father-in-law to write a Holocaust espionage novel. While the Mendl plot is fictitious, the background and many characters are historically based, adding compassion and depth to a story that is as moving as it is gripping. A winner on all fronts.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2016 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Bestseller Gross (Everything to Lose) revisits the horrors of Auschwitz in this harrowing, thematically rich thriller, which marks a significant departure from his previous contemporary suspense novels. In the spring of 1944, both the Germans and the Allies are pressing toward the transmutation of uranium into atomic weaponry that could win WWII. Gross postulates that the U.S. Manhattan Project, headed by Robert Oppenheimer and joined by renowned refugee physicists like Denmark's Niels Bohr, lacked one vital component-but the Nazis have incarcerated the world expert in that area, Dr. Alfred Mendl, in Auschwitz. William "Wild Bill" Donovan, the head of the OSS, backs a near-suicidal plan to send a desk-bound Jewish intelligence officer, Nathan Blum, who escaped from Nazi-overrun Poland, into Auschwitz to rescue Mendl. Alternating between scenes of American hope-against-hope optimism and Nazi brutality, Blum's deadly odyssey into and out of this 20th-century hell drives toward a compelling celebration of the human will to survive, remember, and overcome. Agent: Simon Lipskar, Writers House. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

In 1944, two Jews escape the Auschwitz death camp and provide proof of its existence to FDR's inner team. At the same time, the Manhattan Project needs every advantage it can get in a race against German bomb builders and one man might provide that edge. Alfred Mendl, a German physicist whose family has been killed by the Nazis, is imprisoned at Auschwitz, and Peter Blum, an American Pole who fled Germany, volunteers to get him out. Blum infiltrates the camp and finds the elderly Mendl, but meanwhile a German intelligence officer has discovered the plot and is closing in fast. Further complications involve a teenage chess genius, a camp officer's wife, and a relative believed dead. Verdict: Gross has written 14 best-selling thrillers, five of them with James Patterson. Here he skillfully mixes his own Jewish ties with historical figures, vividly delineating the horrors of the camps through his characters' experiences. The emotional heartaches are counterpointed by plot twists that maintain high suspense through to the very end. This is a first-rate tale from a real pro who here takes a different direction from his previous work.-Roland Person, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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