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Intelligence officer Ellis Voigt fights to prevent the Soviets from infiltrating the Manhattan Project while running from enemies on both sides, in the thrilling sequel to The Dead Don’t Bleed.
Washington, DC, 1945. Lieutenant Ellis Voigt of the Office of Naval Intelligence is desperate to keep the secrets that threaten his life. The war overseas is going well for America, but Voigt can’t escape a web of double-agents and undercover spies who follow his every move. The FBI suspects that he is the communist who murdered a Naval officer in a Washington back alley. The Soviets believe he’s holding back information from their contacts, and they’re willing to use any means necessary to extract it. When Voigt is sent to New Mexico on a secret mission to identify a Soviet spy, he is tailed by both the FBI and the Russians, and is running out of people he can trust. As the team at Los Alamos prepares to test an atomic bomb in the desert, Voigt faces the dilemma he’d been trying to avoid: he can stop the Soviets from getting the bomb or he can save himself—but he might not be able to do both.
David Krugler is a historian and novelist. His works of nonfiction include books on government propaganda, Cold War civil defense, and racial conflict in the United States. He is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where he has taught since completing his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“Set in 1945, Krugler’s superior second thriller featuring Lt. Ellis Voigt of the Office of Naval Intelligence finds Voigt the target of NKVD thugs seeking the truth about the fate of a Russian who used a clipping service as a cover for a D.C. spy ring. Krugler’s further exploration of his lead’s moral ambiguity enhances a captivating story line that will appeal to fans of Joseph Kanon.” Publishers Weekly (starred)
“It’s 1945 in Washington, D.C.; the Nazis have surrendered, and every federal office has a betting pool for the day of Japanese capitulation. The city is awash with spooked spooks. Krugler is on the mark in sketching wartime Washington and the look and feel of the Manhattan Project.” Booklist
“A hard-boiled delight, from its chain-smoking hero to its wartime lingo. Krugler, a professor of history, has created a rich, sultry world of bureaucratic crime. His protagonist is tough and canny, with a criminal streak that makes his character irresistible. Krugler’s latest novel has a five o’clock shadow and a gimlet eye. A finely written historical thriller that pits spy against spy.” Foreword Reviews
“A good old-fashioned spy novel. The action is fast paced and the mystery is gorgeously wrought and splendidly opaque. Read The Dead Don’t Bleed for a thrill-packed ride with a truly stunning ending.” Dayton Daily News [Praise for The Dead Don't Bleed]
“Krugler brings expertise and authenticity to his first thriller, as well as a penetrating portrait of wartime Washington. And Voigt—a man with secrets of his own—stands out as one of the most intriguing characters in espionage fiction. Expect the unexpected in this thumping good read.” The Richmond Times-Dispatch [Praise for The Dead Don't Bleed]