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Los Alamos (1997)
by Joseph Kanon
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0440224071, Mass Market Paperback)A successful thriller tells an exciting, satisfying story and lets us look at the lives of some interesting people in an environment either totally new or freshly observed. Former publishing executive Joseph Kanon's first novel does all of that, and adds a layer of acute perception about recent history that immediately vaults it up into the hallowed heights of John Le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Charles McCarry's The Tears of Autumn--thrillers that deserve space next to Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. In the spring of 1945, as the war in Europe is coming to an end, a former police reporter turned Army Intelligence agent named Mike Connolly arrives on the high mesa above Santa Fe, New Mexico, where J. Robert Oppenheimer and a team of scientists are rushing to finish their atomic bomb. A security man has been found battered to death, and Connolly's job is to see if it is anything more than the sordid sex crime it appears to be. Using a devilishly clever mixture of real and fictional characters, Kanon spins out a story that manages to be audacious, persuasive--and totally engrossing.
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A spy thriller on the making of the atom bomb. The protagonist, counter-intelligence officer Michael Connolly, investigates the murder of a security officer at the Los Alamos compound in 1940s New Mexico. He has an affair with the wife of a foreign physicist and uncovers a spy at the highest level. A first novel.
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