Thomas Danforth, a young American, becomes involved in a plot to kill Hitler in 1939. The plot fails, but Danforth becomes obsessed with one of his co-conspirators, a mysterious young woman called Anna Klein, who disappears. Danforth, by now aged 91, chooses Paul Crane – a young employee of a think tank – to tell his tale in 2001, in the luxury of the Century Club, New York City, just after the destruction of the Twin Towers. This novel is a literary masterpiece, exploring paranoia, history and identity. Ultimately it is a compulsive meditation on the search for truth that dominates the bulk of one man’s life. It is hoped that this novel brings Thomas H. Cook to a larger British audience.
The Quest for Anna Klein
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