Title: Christopher's Ghosts
Author: Charles McCarry
A tale spanning the period from the late 1930s to the height of the Cold War follows Paul Christopher’s struggles against the rise of Nazi totalitarianism in Berlin through his efforts to escape the machinations of an S.S. officer who would kill Christopher for exposing the man’s brutal actions.
With Christopher’s Ghosts, a novel that’s cinematic scope and penetrating depth transcend the bounds of even the greats works in its genre, Charles McCarry has surpassed his own matchless reputation as an espionage novelist. The grand tale begins in Europe in the late thirties, where a young Christopher and his family are struggling against the rise of Nazi totalitarianism in Berlin, even as he wrestles with a doomed love affair and bears witness to an unspeakable atrocity committed by a remorseless S.S. officer. The action spans oceans and time to the height of the Cold War in Europe, when the S.S. man emerges out of the ruins of postwar Germany to destroy the last living witness to his crime. It’s a case of tiger chasing tiger as Christopher is pursued by the only man alive who can match his tradecraft or his instincts. As he edges toward the final confrontation with this mortal enemy, Christopher is forced to operate in the one theater he had thought he had mastered-his own past.
With ferocious suspense, masterful pacing, and a penetrating insight into the blood-soaked spectacle of twentieth century Europe, Charles McCarry delivers a haunting parable of a man confronted with the ghosts of an entire generation’s brutal history.