In this crackling alternate history thriller set in the years after World War II--the riveting sequel to The Darkest Hour --London detective John Rossett joins forces with his Nazi boss to save the commander's kidnapped daughter as the Germans race to make the first atomic bomb.Read more...
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In this crackling alternate history thriller set in the years after World War II--the riveting sequel to The Darkest Hour--London detective John Rossett joins forces with his Nazi boss to save the commander's kidnapped daughter as the Germans race to make the first atomic bomb.
With the end of the war, the victorious Germans now occupy a defeated Great Britain. In London, decorated detective John Henry Rossett, now reporting to the Nazi victors, lies in a hospital bed recovering from gunshot wounds. Desperate to avoid blame over the events that led to the shooting, his boss, Ernst Koehler, covers up the incident. But when Koehler's wife and daughter are kidnapped by American spies, the terrified German turns to the only man he trusts to help him--a shrewd cop who will do whatever is necessary to get the job done: John Rossett.
Surviving his brush with death, Rossett agrees to save his friend's daughter. But in a chaotic new world ruled by treachery and betrayal, doing the right thing can get a man killed. Caught between the Nazi SS, the violent British resistance, and Americans with very uncertain loyalties, Rossett must secretly make his way out of London and find Ruth Hartz, a Jewish scientist working in Cambridge. Spared from death because of her intellect and expertise, she is forced to work on developing the atom bomb for Germany. Though she knows it could end any hope of freedom in Europe and maybe even the world, Ruth must finish the project--if she, too, wants to survive.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-08-10
- Reviewer: Staff
Set in 1946, Schumacher’s sequel to 2014’s The Darkest Hour, in which the Germans have won WWII, does not improve on its predecessor, though it does have a few imaginative flashes. For example, Joseph Kennedy, the American ambassador to Occupied Great Britain, believes that the business investments that the U.S. and Germany are making in each other’s countries will keep the peace between them even after the Nazis get the atomic bomb. Policeman John Rossett, Hitler’s favorite Englishman and the lion of the title, seeks redemption for his collaboration with the Germans, one of whom is his SS officer friend, Ernst Koehler. Frank King, an American intelligence operative, seeks a Jewish scientist who holds the secret to the atomic bomb. King’s efforts lead to a violent confrontation with Koehler’s wife and daughter, setting Koehler on his trail. The mechanism for Rossett to make amends will strike many as contrived, and it’s not coupled with a psychologically well-developed lead. Agent: Nat Sobel, Sobel Weber Associates. (Oct.)