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Black Forest (Arthur Murray Thrillers Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

David Thayer
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Book Description

From the depths of Germany's Black Forest to the streets of New York  Arthur Murray is home from the war, working as an insurance investigator in Manhattan. It's 1964 and Arthur finds himself caught between  a seductive Israeli agent and his former boss in the OSS. Now it's a journey back in time, and the Nazis are hunting him.

Editorial Reviews


"BLACK FOREST accomplishes what you hope every historical thriller will do. The pages flying by, you're drawn in by its serpentine plot--but before long you've been seduced, willingly, into a world that is as exhilarating as it is deeply haunting. A bravura achievement."--Megan Abbott, Edgar-winning author of Queenpin
"My test with debut novels lies in assessing the confidence of the writer, and David Thayer shows that in spades with BLACK FOREST. This is a fascinating historical thriller, driven forward with terse, hardboiled narration, but capturing time and place and the haunting power of the past with ease. BLACK FOREST is an original piece of work by a writer with talent, poise, and that great key, confidence. David Thayer has every right to be confident. He's written a damned fine novel." Michael Koryta, author of The Prophet.
"Fast and sharp, obviously written by a man with a hell of a lot of talent. And such a great line right up front, 'nothing good begins with one armed pushups.' I'd steal that line if I thought I could get away with it."
Steve Hamilton, author of The Lock Artist.

BLACK FOREST is not just a terrific read, but a poignant meditation on the burden of history and the unresolved conflicts between father and son. David Thayer channels the best of the old school noir writers in this riveting tale of betrayal and lies. Thayer's dialogue is razor-sharp, his descriptions of the city evocative, and his characters--especially his tough yet vulnerable femme fatale--memorably drawn.

Jenny Siler, author of PRINCE OF BAGRAM PRISON.

From the Author

BLACK FOREST introduces Arthur Murray a private investigator who survived captivity by the Germans in World War Two.

Set in the early Sixties in New York BLACK FOREST is a historical thriller. Abigail Drew is an Israeli agent, whose efforts to capture and repatriate a German scientist leave Arthur torn between his feelings for her and the threat to his family presented by a cadre of Nazis who are determined to thwart the Israelis and protect one of their own..

Product Details

  • File Size: 463 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: David Thayer Consulting; 1 edition (November 27, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,019 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Historically excellent and suspenseful January 14, 2014
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This historical suspense novel doesn’t quite make it to thriller levels. That being said, it is well-written, with interesting characters right out of the World War. Set in 1964 New York, Insurance investigator Arthur Murray is forced to skip his way between several plot threads, several of which tie him to his military service in the occupying forces of the U.S. Army, searching for war criminals as a member of the OSS.

That war is over and past history, but is it? Murder, maneuvering, corrupt cops and the reappearance in Murray’s life of his old boss, contribute to a fine stew. Murray’s father is somehow drawn in and one wonders how Murray is able to operate his independent business with all that’s going on. He seems to have few clients and his secretary, deeply involved with Murray’s father, seems at times, to suck up a lot of the novel’s energy. But these are relatively minor distractions, because Arthur Murray with all the facets of his life on display, has to struggle to understand how and why all the seemingly unrelated elements of this story must come together.

In the end, the solution is satisfying, the characters have grown or progressed—or in some cases died—and Art Murray is left to once more contemplate his sins and his circumstances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read. June 13, 2013
By Barb
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A new author for me, but a thoroughly enjoyable read. The plot moved along quite nicely and I liked the main character.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it more for having been there. May 19, 2013
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The story was all right but enjoyed it more for the descriptions having recently been there last summer visiting family
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More About the Author

I am from Niagara Falls, New York, but I've lived in New York City, London, Brussels, Frankfurt Germany, San Francisco and Seattle. I have no plans to move again but if I do, you'll be the first to know.
I have published a trio of thrillers featuring NYC Detective Armand DiPino and his partner, Mickey Reidel. The titles are KILLER IN A BOX, RED MOUNTAIN and THE WORKING DEAD. The reoccurring characters move through their world of crime in a variety of dynamic story lines. There is no particular order in which they are to be read.
Update: January 2013 I will be introducing Black Forest, a new thriller series featuring Arthur Murray. In 1944 Arthur Murray spent thirty one days as a prisoner of war, marched through the Black Forest by a sadistic Nazi officer. Arthur escaped, and, after the war, hunted Nazis for the OSS, always searching for the officer but never finding him. Two decades later, the OSS is now the CIA; German scientists are helping America develop the rockets that will propel them into space and Arthur Murray is an insurance investigator in Manhattan trying to let the past be the past.
Then Arthur receives a late night phone call from his father. Edgar needs Arthur to make a payoff, no questions asked, or Edgar will be tied to a murder he didn't commit.
Soon Arthur is caught up in a web of sex, lies, murder, corruption, and international intrigue that threaten national security and the lives of those he holds dear.

KILLER IN A BOX is the winner of the Indie Book of the Day award for June 7th, 2013.

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