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Poland, 1944 Alfred Mendl counts down his final days within the confines of a hell on earth. His family was torn away from him on arrival, his life's work was burned before his eyes. Now his only joy comes from watching the occasional game of chess. To the guards he is unassuming, but in fact Mendl - a leading physicist - holds kwledge that only two people in the world possess. The other person is working hard for the Nazi war machine. Four thousand miles away ...In Washington DC, intelligence lieutenant Nathan Blum decodes messages from occupied Poland. Having escaped the Krakow ghetto after the Nazis executed his family; Nathan thinks he has a safer future. But the US government has other ideas. They want to send Nathan back to Europe to rescue one man from a place one can break in to - or out of. But even if Nathan does make it in, how on earth will they make it out alive?
Before writing his own bestselling thrillers, Andrew Gross co-authored five novels with James Patterson. His first novel The Blue Zone was an instant international bestseller. He currently lives in New York with his wife, Lynn and their three children.
Long-listed for CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2017.