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The Accidental Agent by Andrew Rosenheim
  

The Accidental Agent

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The third novel to feature FBI agent Jimmy Nessheim, of German origin who has been manipulated to infiltrate Nazi spy rings in the USA during WW2. Having now resigned and opted for a new career studying law, he is reluctantly brought back into the fold to investigate a possible case of spying in Chicago University's nuclear physics department, where Enrico Fermi is working on a project which will lead the way to the bomb. When an old girlfriend, with a disturbing Communist past, comes back into his life, the waters become increasingly muddy, as personal loyalties and professional obligations collide. Nessheim, created by a prestigious ex-publisher, is an endearing character, not just a man of action, but a human being full of doubts and no superman in the making, which makes him all the more credible and turns his adventures and struggles into a fascinating mirror onto a vital historical period. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

If you like Andrew Rosenheim you might also like to read books by Kate Atkinson, Robert Harris and Douglas Kennedy.

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The Accidental Agent by Andrew Rosenheim

1942: The Race Is On To Create The Atomic Bomb. James Nessheim has gone back to college and thinks he has left his life as a spy behind. But the covert nuclear programme at the University of Chicago has been infiltrated by an enemy agent, and Nessheim is persuaded by the FBI to help track him down. At the same time, an old flame re-enters Nessheim's life and he finds himself falling in love. But can it be coincidence that she appears just as he becomes a special agent again? Nessheim's personal and professional lives grow dangerously intertwined as he struggles to protect the war's deadliest secret - and work out who he can trust.

Reviews

'There is much to praise in this complex and ambitious narrative, not least the adroitly handled ticking-clock scenario' -- Barry Forshaw Financial Times

'Outstanding ... combines a crackerjack plot and multiple nuanced characters with a convincing portrayal of WWII America ... The dramatic twists work to propel the plot to a powerful and moving conclusion.' Publishers Weekly

'Taut with suspense ... a compelling novel.' Historical Novel Society

About the Author

Andrew Rosenheim

Andrew Rosenheim was born in Chicago and came to England as a Rhodes Scholar in 1977. He has lived near Oxford ever since. He is the author of eight novels, including The Informant, Fear Itself, Without Prejudice, Keeping Secrets and Stillriver, and a memoir, The Secrets of Carriage H.

Author photo credit © Paul Stuart

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Book Info

Publication date

23rd February 2017

Author

Andrew Rosenheim

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Publisher

Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Action Adventure / Spy
Books for the Boys
Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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Second World War fiction
Espionage & spy thriller

ISBN

9780099557890

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