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A stunning and surprising new thriller, Mitch
Silver's latest novel takes readers from a secret operation
during World War IIâ€”with appearances by Noel Coward and
Winston Churchillâ€”to present day London and Moscow, where
Lara Klimt, "the Bookworm," must employ all her skills to
prevent an international conspiracy.
Hitler chose not to invade England when he had the
Europe, 1940: It's late summer and Belgium
has been overrun by the German army. Posing as a friar, a
British operative talks his way into the monastery at
Villers-devant-Orval just before Nazi art thieves plan to
sweep through the area and whisk everything of value back to
Berlin. But the ersatz man of the cloth is no thief.
Instead, that night he adds an old leather Bible to
the monastery's library and then escapes.
2017: A construction worker operating a backhoe makes a
grisly discoveryâ€”a skeletal arm-bone with a rusty handcuff
attached to the wrist. Was this the site, as a BBC
newsreader speculates, of "a long-forgotten prison,
uncharted on any map?" One viewer knows better: it's all
that remains of a courier who died in a V-2 rocket attack.
The woman who will put these two disparate events
togetherâ€”and understand the looming tragedy she must hurry
to preventâ€”is Russian historian and former Soviet chess
champion Larissa Mendelovg Klimt, "Lara the Bookworm," to
her friends. She's also experiencing some woeful marital
In the course of this riveting
thriller, Lara will learn the significance of six musty
Dictaphone cylinders recorded after D-Day by Noel
Cowardâ€”actor, playwright and, secretly, a British agent
reporting directly to Winston Churchill. She will understand
precisely why that leather Bible, scooped up by the Nazis
and deposited on the desk of Adolf Hitler days before he
planned to attack Britain, played such a pivotal role in
turning his guns to the East. And she will discover the new
secret pact negotiated by the nefarious Russian president
and his newly elected American counterpartâ€”maverick and
dealmakerâ€”and the evil it portends.
Oh, and she'll
reconcile with her husband.
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