In May 1941, Hitler's Deputy Fuhrer, Rudolf Hess, parachuted from his Messerschmidt and fell to earth near Glasgow, Scotland. Hess claimed he had come to negotiate peace between England and Germany. That much is true; what happens next in this well-researched novel (originally published in England in 1986 but appearing in the U.S. for the first time) is very plausible fiction. The bulk of the story is set in the mid-1980s when Hess, now an elderly man, is the only surviving prisoner in Spandau Prison. Only Hess knows the real reason for his flight to Glasgow in 1941, and he's kept the facts to himself. But now a manuscript, supposedly written by Hess in the 1960s, has come to light, and a publisher is threatening to rush it into print. Meanwhile, a maverick newspaper reporter, Red Goodbody, is hot on a story that may prove Hess was not looking for peace at all, that he was working with a group of British citizens to sell out their own country. A thought-provoking, entirely believable novel. David PittCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Peter Lovesey, author of five previous Peter Diamond mysteries, has been awarded the British Crime Writers Association Gold, Silver, and Diamond Daggers, as well as many U.S. honors. He lives in West Sussex, England.