Pete Simon's all-American life was everything he ever wished for: a good home, a satisfying career, and a marriage still strong and loving after nearly twenty years. But in the days following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, everything is about to change. And it begins with the appearance of a stranger at his door.
The man ranting madly about money, death, and forgiveness is unknown to Pete -- but not to his distraught wife, Lily. Only when the man has gone does the truth come out. The unwelcome visitor was Lily 's father, whom she had claimed died long ago in their native France. The next day he is dead, his savagely beaten body washed up in a nearby marsh -- and Lily disappears, leaving a note behind begging Pete not to follow her.
As a nation mourns its fallen leader, Pete Simon is devastated by a tragedy of his own. Now, with a business card from an antiques dealer in Barcelona as his only lead, he sets out to find his missing wife, embarking on a twisted and perilous journey that will carry him to Europe, where the hideous crimes of the Nazi aggressors remain fresh in the minds of those who cannot forget...or forgive. But each door Pete opens leads him deeper into a painful and shocking past slowly revealing secrets of greed, terror, guilt, and treacherous collaboration with a monstrous enemy that could shatter everything he believes in destroy everything he loves. And suddenly he has become more than a concerned husband and seeker of a bitter truth; he has become the target of desperate, dangerous men and their terrifying vengeance.
A haunting parable of good and evil and the many shifting shades of humanity in between, Aaron Elkins's Turncoat is an extraordinary reading experience, a compelling, provocative, and rocket-paced rollercoaster ride with surprises at every turn that will leave the reader breathless.
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Aaron Elkins's previous books include Skeleton Dance, Loot, Twenty Blue Devils, and Old Bones, which won the Edgar Award for Novel of the Year. He lives with his wife, Charlotte, on Washington's Olympic Peninsula.From AudioFile:
If it's true that readers like nothing more than to be surprised, then they're in store for many pleasures in this Elkins thriller, which concerns shrouded events that occurred in a small town in occupied France. In 1963, the father of Peter Simon's French-born wife--a man she claims died in the war--shows up on the couple's New York doorstep. Soon after, the father is murdered, and Peter's wife goes missing. Finding her involves a trip to Europe and investigation into a harrowing past. For lucky listeners, the story entails unexpected twists on every cassette. Christopher Lane sounds like a regular guy--one who is thoroughly pushed, traumatized, and tested. The fun--and the surprises--don't let up until deep into the final tape. M.O. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Blackstone Audio Inc, 2003. Audio Cassette. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0786124687
Book Description Blackstone Audiobooks, 2003. Audio Cassette. Book Condition: Brand New. unabridged edition. 6.00x4.25x2.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0786124687