World War II -- fiction

Stonekiller

By J. Robert Janes

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In Nazi-occupied France, a French detective and an investigator for the German Gestapo take up the case of the murder of a woman whose archaeological discoveries supposedly confirm the Nazis' Aryan pretensions.

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Some Deaths Before Dying

By Peter Dickinson

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"Rachel is old, paralyzed, barely able to speak, and dying. She has a strong mind and vivid memories though, and is determined to hold on to both until the end, so that she can die fully aware, fully herself. Suddenly she learns that a precious possession, one with a dangerous history, has gone from the place where she thought she had hidden it. Her whole past starts to unravel!"
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Out of the Blackout

By Robert Barnard

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An unidentified boy with little memory of the past is taken in during the height of World War II by a couple who know nothing about him except his strange cries at night.

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Murder in the Chateau

By Elliott Roosevelt

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In 1941, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt undertakes a dangerous covert mission into Nazi-occupied France to prove the United States' opposition to Hitler by assisting a French/German resistance group plotting to assassinate Hitler.

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Los Alamos

By Joseph Kanon

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"Spring 1945. As work on the first atomic bomb nears completion on a remote mesa in New Mexico, Karl Bruner, a Manhattan Project security officer, is found murdered in nearby Santa Fe. Is Bruner the victim of a violent sexual encounter, as the local police believe, or is his death a crime that threatens to jeopardize the secret of the Project itself?"
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Jitterbug

By Loren D. Estleman

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"Detriot was a tough town in a tough time. Southern whites and blacks working side by side, rationing, the black-market, the Mafia, a new kind of jazz for seething summer nights; it was a powder keg. Through this troubled world cuts a killer, savaging ordinary people, the elderly and the defenseless. Lieutenant Zagreb's job is to keep the city from exploding, then to catch a mad killer. And finally, he must save his own soul. He cannot succeed at all three."

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Indictment for Murder

By Peter Rawlinson

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"In the past he had been seated on the judge's bench looking towards the dock in which he now stood... He turned and faced the clerk, who asked a fourth time: 'How say you? Are you Guilty or Not Guilty?' Jonathan Playfair, Knight of the Realm, sometime Judge of the High Court, is standing trial for the murder of David Trelawney. The two once fought side by side in the mountains of North Africa, and the death of David 50 years later unearths the tainted details of their past together. While the Prosecutor tells the court of Trelawney's death, Jonathan is far away-in the recesses of his mind where memories from North Africa, long buried, pierce and consume him; where he cannot escape having witnessed another man's death in this dark Africa of 50 years past."
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Enigma

By Robert Harris

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A fictional account of the desperate efforts to break the Nazi's Enigma code takes place in a British railway town, a struggle that becomes complicated by the pivotal disappearance of a beautiful cryptographer.

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December 6

By Martin Cruz Smith

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Set in the crazed, nationalistic Tokyo of late 1941, December 6 explores the coming world war through the other end of history's prism.

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Daughters of the House

By Michele Roberts

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Therese and Leonie, cousins growing up in Normandy after World War II, concoct intricate fantasies about the secrecy and lies that linger around their home, unknowingly revealing truths that will haunt their lives.
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