Dead Don't Bleed : A Novel

Dead Don't Bleed : A Novel

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Washington D.C., 1945. Victory in the war looms, but a new fear transfixes the wartime capital. Fear of communist spies and the atomic secrets they covet. When the corpse of a Navy Intelligence officer is found on a cobblestone back alley, Lt. Voigt is called in to investigate. It's his first murder, but in the plot that he quickly begins unraveling, it won't be his last. Pursuing crosses and double-crosses, Voigt goes undercover and the fragments he discovers (a defecting German physicist, a top secret lab in New Mexico, and Uranium-235) suggest something far larger than the usual spy v. spy shenanigans. Soon enough he's in a race to identify the killer, to keep the bomb away from the Russians and to keep ahead of his own secrets.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2016
ISBN: 9781681771397
Characteristics: 352 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 30, 2016

The author does a middling job creating characters, plot, suspense and dialogue.... I don't think I would ever describe it as being gripping, but it was a fun read. Would have been a lot better if the 'professor of history' author had checked a few details such as, when did automobiles begin being equipped with turn signals. His characters spend a lot of time driving around evading tails which gives them far too many opportunities to have their use of turn signals mentioned. Distracting for a man who learned to drive in the 50s when turn signaling was done with a bent arm or straight arm out the windwow. This was the most obvious anachronism, but the author had a number more. Less distracting, but momentarily irritating. Especially for an author who says he's a history prof.


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