Mysteries Go to War: World War II

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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Fearless Jones

By Walter Mosley

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"Paris Minton is minding his own business--a small used bookstore of which he is the proud proprietor--when a beautiful woman named Elana Love walks in and asks a few questions. Within the next twenty-four hours, Paris has been beaten up, made love to, shot at, and robbed, and his bookstore has been burned to the ground. He's in so much trouble he has no choice but to get his friend Fearless Jones out of jail to help. Fearless Jones is an army veteran, a man who is proud of his accomplishments during World War II, and refuses to step into the background now that the war is over. Violence dogs Fearless's every step, and Paris has tried to keep his distance. But there's no friend like the one you need. The two set out to find the elusive Elana Love, and every step leads them deeper into a bewildering vortex of money and betrayal."

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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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City of Gold

By Len Deighton

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With 1942 Cairo under siege and at the mercy of General Erwin Rommel, British Captain Albert Cutler enters the city to locate the spy that his government is certain Rommel has placed there.

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Black Cross

By Greg Iles

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January 1944. Two men embark on a murderous mission into the heart of Germany to destroy a devastating new Nazi weapon.
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A Presumption of Death

By Jill Paton Walsh and Dorothy L. Sayers

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Lord Peter is abroad on secret business for the Foreign Office, while Harriet Vane, now Lady Peter Wimsey, has taken their children to safety in the country. But war has followed them there---glamorous RAF pilots and even more glamorous land-girls scandalize the villagers, and the blackout makes the nighttime lanes as sinister as the back alleys of London. Daily life reminds them of the war so constantly that, when the village’s first air-raid practice ends with a real body on the ground, it’s almost a shock to hear the doctor declare that it was not enemy action, but plain, old-fashioned murder. Or was it?

At the request of the overstretched local police, Harriet reluctantly agrees to investigate. The mystery that unfolds is every bit as literate, ingenious, and compelling as the best of original Lord Peter Wimsey novels.

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A Gathering of Saints

By Christopher Hyde

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"In this historically accurate, pulse-pounding suspense thriller, Hitler's Luftwaffe rains terror upon London, as Scotland Yard pursues a lone psychopath who kills with methodical precision--and is privy to the Allies' most closely guarded secrets."
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A Brother's Blood

By Michael C. White

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In the final days of World War II, Dieter Kallick, one of 200 German prisoners of war ... escaped into the woods. His body would later be found washed on the shore of Moosehead Lake. Decades later, Wolfgang Kallick arrives in this same rural town, hoping to unravel the mystery.

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