‘America’s greatest crime writer’ (Newsweek) brings his genius for characterisation, his rich ear for dialogue, and his piercing psychological insight to a gripping story set in an era he’s never before explored: the years of the Second World War.
The odd thing about Walter Schoen is he’s a dead ringer for Heinrich Himmler. Walter is a member of a spy ring that sends US war production data to Germany and gives shelter to escaped German prisoners of war.
Honey Deal, Walter’s American wife, has given up trying to make him over as a regular guy. She decides it’s time to stop telling him jokes he doesn’t understand and get a divorce.
Along comes Carl Webster, the Hot Kid of the Marshals Service, looking for an escaped POW. Carl uses Honey to meet Walter, who Carl believes is hiding the POW. Honey’s a free spirit; she likes the hot kid marshal and doesn’t care much that he’s married. But all Carl wants is to do his job without getting shot…