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The Accomplice

Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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One of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2019!

From "master of the genre" (The Washington Post) Joseph Kanon, 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 Perón 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 thriller that will keep you breathlessly listening.

©2019 Joseph Kanon (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Top notch Kanon

I have read all of Kanon's books and I'm a fan of most of them. This one is very compelling. It's set in 1962 and it's kind of a classic "Nazi hunter" story, in the vein of classics like the Odessa File, the Holcraft Covenant or the Quiller Memorandum. But of course, it's Joseph Kanon, so it's a more literary and more powerful version of such tales. It's a great book and I recommend it. A bit melodramatic near the finish, but still excellent.

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Rich in atmosphere

Another terrific Joseph Kannon novel. This one set in post-War Ware II Hamburg and Buenos Aires. It's romantic, exciting and very, very well written.

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Cartoon characters

Potentially interesting setting and plot ruined by weak characterization. The cartoon like characters were never properly developed or explained except for the Nazi monster.