The Accomplice

The Accomplice

“Gripping and authentic…Kanon’s imagination flourishes [and] the narrative propulsion is clear. A thoroughly satisfying piece of entertainment that extends a tentacle into some serious moral reflection.” —The New York Times Book Review The “master of the genre” (The Washington Post) Joseph Kanon returns with a heart-pounding and intelligent espionage novel about a Nazi war...

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The Accomplice Reviews

  • Andrea

    Sharp dialogue and well-developed characters make for a briskly paced read. Kanin is in fine form and delivers a compelling story. His stellar reputation in the spy/thriller genre continues to be well-deserved, Aaron, a desk analyst for The Company takes on his dying uncle’s wish to bring a Nazi war criminal hiding in Argentina to justice, Jumping from Hamburg to Buenos Aires in the army 1960s, Kanon successfully recreates the time and places his characters inhabit. Credible, moving and a

    Sharp dialogue and well-developed characters make for a briskly paced read. Kanin is in fine form and delivers a compelling story. His stellar reputation in the spy/thriller genre continues to be well-deserved, Aaron, a desk analyst for The Company takes on his dying uncle’s wish to bring a Nazi war criminal hiding in Argentina to justice, Jumping from Hamburg to Buenos Aires in the army 1960s, Kanon successfully recreates the time and places his characters inhabit. Credible, moving and a delight to read,

  • Linda Bond

    There are a handful of great spy writers – John Le Carré for one, and Joseph Kanon is another. It’s the era of the Cold War when everyone relied on spies to ferret out the bad guys and this often involved digging up the whereabouts of Nazi criminals. Max Weill will never forget Dr. Otto Schramm who, like Mengele, carried out terrible experiments on prisoners at Auschwitz, was responsible for the deaths of his family, and escaped to South America after the war. Dying himself, he passes the baton

    There are a handful of great spy writers – John Le Carré for one, and Joseph Kanon is another. It’s the era of the Cold War when everyone relied on spies to ferret out the bad guys and this often involved digging up the whereabouts of Nazi criminals. Max Weill will never forget Dr. Otto Schramm who, like Mengele, carried out terrible experiments on prisoners at Auschwitz, was responsible for the deaths of his family, and escaped to South America after the war. Dying himself, he passes the baton of the search for the Nazi on to Aaron Wiley of the CIA. This is a taut, nerve-wracking story of a hunt for justice. If you like intelligent tension, you’ll love this latest book from a consummate writer of spy thrillers.

    I met this book at Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane, WA

  • Bob

    Well-Worth Reading!

    Joseph Kanon has a proven track record for writing finely paced Cold War espionage thrillers with a flair for atmospheric detail, intriguing characters and suspenseful plotting, and his latest book, The Accomplice, definitely adds to his success. As stated in the book’s description, The Accomplice’s plot involves a Nazi war criminal who was supposed to be dead, the rogue CIA agent on his trail and the beautiful woman connected to them both.

    Without having to resort to a book’s

    Well-Worth Reading!

    Joseph Kanon has a proven track record for writing finely paced Cold War espionage thrillers with a flair for atmospheric detail, intriguing characters and suspenseful plotting, and his latest book, The Accomplice, definitely adds to his success. As stated in the book’s description, The Accomplice’s plot involves a Nazi war criminal who was supposed to be dead, the rogue CIA agent on his trail and the beautiful woman connected to them both.

    Without having to resort to a book’s hero being involved in non-stop fights, shootings, and car chases, Kanon has crafted another intelligent thriller that relies on emotional precision and a mastery of tone to compel the reader to turn the pages at a brisk pace in order to try to figure out whom is deceiving whom and what happens next.

    I highly recommend The Accomplice to fans of intelligent espionage/spy/suspense novels that are reminiscent of books by other current and former masters of this genre, such as John LeCarre, Len Deighton, Graham Greene, Alan Furst and Olen Steinhauer.

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  • Beth

    Every time I review a book by Joseph Kanon I say the same thing: he’s done it again. That is not to say the story is the same, but THE ACCOMPLICE is Kanon’s usual historical fiction/thriller with characters in situations I’m sure they can’t get out of but always do. Presentation is always smart dialog, no long paragraphs describing scenery as in so many other novels. This book is, as Kanon’s books always are, excellent.

    Aaron Wiley feels obligated to find Otto Schramn, a doctor who performed

    Every time I review a book by Joseph Kanon I say the same thing: he’s done it again. That is not to say the story is the same, but THE ACCOMPLICE is Kanon’s usual historical fiction/thriller with characters in situations I’m sure they can’t get out of but always do. Presentation is always smart dialog, no long paragraphs describing scenery as in so many other novels. This book is, as Kanon’s books always are, excellent.

    Aaron Wiley feels obligated to find Otto Schramn, a doctor who performed medical experiments on Jews during World War II. It is now the 1960s, and Aaron’s uncle Max Weill, who has been tracking and turning in Nazis since his imprisonment at Auschwitz, has spotted Schramm in Germany but dies soon after.

    So Aaron deduces that Schramm has left for Buenos Aires and follows him there. With assistance from a German newspaper reporter, an Israeli agent, a CIA station chief, and even Schramm’s daughter, Aaron hunts for Schramm, a monster turned crazy man.

  • Julie

    When Max, an Auschwitz survivor turned Nazi hunter, sees one of his former tormentors, he enlists his nephew Aaron to catch him. Otto Schramm, doctor and contemporary of Mengele, sent Max’s son to the gas chambers and used Max to experiment on Jewish children. But there’s one problem – the world thinks Otto died two years earlier in a car accident.

    To prove Otto is still alive, Aaron goes to Buenos Aires to trail Otto’s alluring daughter Hannah. Of course things get complicated between them, and

    When Max, an Auschwitz survivor turned Nazi hunter, sees one of his former tormentors, he enlists his nephew Aaron to catch him. Otto Schramm, doctor and contemporary of Mengele, sent Max’s son to the gas chambers and used Max to experiment on Jewish children. But there’s one problem – the world thinks Otto died two years earlier in a car accident.

    To prove Otto is still alive, Aaron goes to Buenos Aires to trail Otto’s alluring daughter Hannah. Of course things get complicated between them, and when the CIA and Mossad get involved, it’s a race to find Otto and extradite him to stand trial. With Eichmann’s recent arrest still on their minds, the German expats of Buenos Aires are justifiably nervous.

    This is my first encounter with veteran author Kanon, and I appreciated his style of writing and his characters. He’s really good at writing conversational dialogue, which matters here where so much of the story is the characters exchanging ideas. I especially liked how Aaron had to constantly think on is feet and improvise depending on who has the best lead on Otto or determining how to get him out of Argentina once he’s accosted. I respected Hannah’s complexity how she dealt with her father’s guilt. The underlying theme of serving justice was a bit heavy-handed, but it was relevant. This novel was intriguing, sexy, fast-paced, and thought-provoking.

    I received a copy of this book via the Amazon Vine program

  • Paige

    In 1962, Aaron seeks to justify his Uncle Max’s last wish in hunting down a Nazi, Otto Schramm, who never payed for his war crimes. Otto served as a medical doctor for the Nazis, performing tortuous medical experiments on children and sending others to the gas chambers. Aaron flies to

    In 1962, Aaron seeks to justify his Uncle Max’s last wish in hunting down a Nazi, Otto Schramm, who never payed for his war crimes. Otto served as a medical doctor for the Nazis, performing tortuous medical experiments on children and sending others to the gas chambers. Aaron flies to Buenos Aires from Hamburg to find Otto who has been using a different identity. But, after meeting Otto’s daughter, Aaron is unsure if he can fulfill his quest.

    War crimes is obviously a major topic, considering the subject and setting. Aaron internally struggles to rectify capturing Otto. How is justice served to the dead when their lives cannot be replaced? How do you properly punish someone responsible for the deaths of innocent victims? Does it matter how they died, once gone? Can a death serve a purpose, or can it be useful? Is there such thing as a useful death?

    The first 17% is mainly dialogue where Max is trying to convince Aaron to find the ex-Nazi, Otto, and bring justice to the Jews that Otto harmed or killed by bringing Otto back to Germany for trial. Aaron’s actual espionage quest in action does not begin until 25% when he arrives in Buenos Aires. Most of the book is energetic dialogue between the characters, the characters in spy-action, or sexy time. The first 15-20% it took me while to adjust to the pacing of the names of characters, because their interaction moves so quickly. Otto Schramm, the Nazi criminal Aaron is chasing, is fictitious.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Atria for a copy! Opinions are my own.

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    is the author of

    which was made into a movie starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett.

    -If you are interested in reading about Nazi doctors, I highly recommend

    . It is not very long, has pictures, and is written by a journalist, so it is not a very tedious nonfiction read.

    Doctor's From Hell review:

  • Maine Colonial

    I received a free publisher's advance reviewing copy.

    If you’re interested in this book, you probably know the story of Josef Mengele, the infamous doctor who “sorted” new arrivals at Auschwitz and subjected many to horrific tortures. Mengele escaped to South America and was never captured, eventually dying in a swimming accident. Unsatisfying, right? What Kanon seems to be doing here is using the fictional Otto Schramm as a Mengele stand-in, but this time his death is a fake and our protagonist,

    I received a free publisher's advance reviewing copy.

    If you’re interested in this book, you probably know the story of Josef Mengele, the infamous doctor who “sorted” new arrivals at Auschwitz and subjected many to horrific tortures. Mengele escaped to South America and was never captured, eventually dying in a swimming accident. Unsatisfying, right? What Kanon seems to be doing here is using the fictional Otto Schramm as a Mengele stand-in, but this time his death is a fake and our protagonist, Aaron Wiley (born Weill), is going to track him down and bring him to some sort of justice.

    Aaron works for the CIA, but he’s a junior agent. He goes after Schramm unofficially, as an obligation to his Uncle Max, who was forced to work for Schramm at Auschwitz, where Max’s young son was gassed. The action of the book takes place in Buenos Aires, where Aaron tracks down Schramm and some of his Nazi friends. Aaron also becomes involved with Hanna, Schramm’s daughter, at first as a way of getting to Schramm, but maybe there is something more there.

    This book reminded me a little bit of Marathon Man, the 1976 movie adapted by William Goldman from his best-selling book. It’s a similar setup, with a young Jewish man up against a despicable and ruthless war criminal. And, like Marathon Man, this is an excellent, atmospheric thriller. I always have high hopes for a Joseph Kanon novel, and he delivers here.

  • Julianne

    I won this ARC from a Goodreads giveaway! Thank you to Goodreads and Atria Books for the opportunity.

    This book seemed like a wonderful premise but it just didn’t deliver for me. I found it al a bit boring and the main character annoyed me. He was so wishy-washy.

    It definitely wasn’t the worst, but I don’t think I’d read it again.

  • Annie

    Joseph Kanon’s

    stirs up a hell of a historical hornet’s nest. It begins with a conversation between a Nazi hunting uncle and his CIA nephew. The uncle, a survivor, believes that he is close to the end of his life. The man he’s been hunting ever since the end of the war, Otto Schramm, is believed to be dead but Max Weill is not so sure. Aaron, the nephew, is reluctant to take on his uncle’s mission. After all, in 1962, the Nuremberg Trials are long over. Some convicted Nazis have

    Joseph Kanon’s

    stirs up a hell of a historical hornet’s nest. It begins with a conversation between a Nazi hunting uncle and his CIA nephew. The uncle, a survivor, believes that he is close to the end of his life. The man he’s been hunting ever since the end of the war, Otto Schramm, is believed to be dead but Max Weill is not so sure. Aaron, the nephew, is reluctant to take on his uncle’s mission. After all, in 1962, the Nuremberg Trials are long over. Some convicted Nazis have already completed their sentences. In spite of Max’s tenacity, its a random siting of Schramm in Hamburg of all places that breaks through Aaron’s resistance...

  • William Koon

    As we used to say back home about a tobacco crop, Joseph Kanon’s The Accomplice is “fair to middlin’.” That is, it’s good. Just not that good. I keep waiting for him to drop another The Good German. This one is about Nazi hunting in 1962, that is post-Eichmann, post Hannah Arendt. The plot is fairly simple on the surface, but Kanon has enough joy and juice to make it more than interesting. From Germany to South America, from the CIA to the Mossad and with a love story that teeters on passion,

    As we used to say back home about a tobacco crop, Joseph Kanon’s The Accomplice is “fair to middlin’.” That is, it’s good. Just not that good. I keep waiting for him to drop another The Good German. This one is about Nazi hunting in 1962, that is post-Eichmann, post Hannah Arendt. The plot is fairly simple on the surface, but Kanon has enough joy and juice to make it more than interesting. From Germany to South America, from the CIA to the Mossad and with a love story that teeters on passion, the novel engages and wraps us up in a comfy “what’s next?” Along the way we have some astute comments upon human nature such as “The Jews who built that thought they were German. But the Germans didn’t think so." The work just needed a bit more soul.

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