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The Accomplice

Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
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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.  There, leaders like Argentina’s Juan Perón gave them safe harbour 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 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. 

©2019 Joseph Kanon (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

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"Joseph Kanon owns this corner of the literary landscape and it’s a joy to see him reassert his title with such emphatic authority." (Lee Child)

"Sensational! No one writes period fiction with the same style and suspense – not to mention substance – as Joseph Kanon." (Scott Turow)

"Kanon is fast approaching the complexity and relevance not just of le Carré and Greene but even of Orwell." (New York Times)

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Really enjoyable book

What a great book this was. Well narrated and the story grips you right from the start. Thought provoking all the way through and most definately worth a listen.

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conventional

The story held my attention though I thought the 'love' interest rather contrived. But it did, ultimately, add to the drama. it had a good sense of place and the history felt authentic.