Format Hardcover
Publication Date 02/06/18
ISBN 9781681776415
Trim Size / Pages 9.3 x 6.4 in / 352

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The Bookworm

A Novel

Mitch Silver

A stunning and surprising new thriller, Mitch Silver’s latest novel takes readers from a secret operation during World War II—with appearances by Noel Coward and Winston Churchill—to present day London and Moscow, where Lara Klimt, “the Bookworm,” must employ all her skills to prevent an international conspiracy.

Why did Hitler chose not to invade England when he had the chance?

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.

London, 2017: A construction worker operating a backhoe makes a grisly discovery—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 together—and understand the looming tragedy she must hurry to prevent—is Russian historian and former Soviet chess champion Larissa Mendelovg Klimt, “Lara the Bookworm,” to her friends. She’s also experiencing some woeful marital troubles.

In the course of this riveting thriller, Lara will learn the significance of six musty Dictaphone cylinders recorded after D-Day by Noel Coward—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 counterpart—maverick and dealmaker—and the evil it portends.

Oh, and she’ll reconcile with her husband.

Mitch Silver was born in Brooklyn and grew up on Long Island. He attended Yale (B.A. in History) and Harvard Law School (“I lasted three days. I know the law through Wednesday, but after that…”). He was an advertising writer for several of the big New York agencies, living in Paris for a year with his wife, Ellen Highsmith Silver, while he was European Creative Director on the Colgate-Palmolive account.

A previously published novelist (In Secret Service—S&S/Touchstone), Mitch and his wife Ellen live in Greenwich, Connecticut and have two children: Sloane is a nurse at Wake Forest Medical Center and Perry is an actor and the drummer for Sky Pony, a band in New York. Mitch also won the American Song Festival Lyric Grand Prize for "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed.” His blood type is O positive, and he always writes his biography in the third person. For more info, please go to  

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Endorsements & Reviews

The Bookworm is that very rare, almost extinct thriller: well plotted, intelligent as hell, with a truly memorable main character—'Lara The Bookworm.’ This is definitely sterling Silver!” James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“The historical frame, including an alternate view of why Germany turned its wartime focus from England to the USSR, proves fascinating; the pace is agreeably fast; and the intelligent, capable Klimt makes an engaging lead character.” Booklist
“This is fast and fun, with one of the best McGuffins I’ve ever seen. An exciting tale and very nearly as bizarre as some of the things Allied Intelligence did try during the war.” Historical Novels Review
“High-speed chases, explosions, gunfights, murders and questionable romantic encounters add to the book’s action. An intriguing ‘what if’ adventure about Hitler and WWII.” Reviewing the Evidence
“Silver impressively overlays speculative scenarios atop actual historical events. The multi-layered conspiracies are well-imagined.” The Washington Post [praise for Mitch Silver's 'In Secret Service']
“A monarchy in trouble, murderous treason, and a World War II betrayal that resonates into the present. The real thrill of In Secret Service is watching this contemporary and historical tale recounted through the fun house mirror. Enjoy the ride.” Brad Meltzer, #1 New York Times bestselling author [praise for Mitch Silver's 'In Secret Service']
“A great thriller, worthy of Ian Fleming himself—and the story might even be true.” Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author [praise for Mitch Silver's 'In Secret Service']
“Compelling. A story Ian Fleming himself would have enjoyed. Harks back to the best of the Cold War thrillers.” Rocky Mountain News [praise for Mitch Silver's 'In Secret Service']
“Silver mounts suspense ever so slowly but ever so surely that you find yourself breathlessly waiting for a startling denouement.” The Tampa Tribune [praise for Mitch Silver's 'In Secret Service']
“Silver spins an entertaining tale, and his high spirits are so contagious that readers will happily go along for the ride.” Publishers Weekly [praise for Mitch Silver's 'In Secret Service']