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December '41

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From New York Times bestselling author William Martin comes a WWII thriller as intense as The Day of the Jackal and as gripping as The Eye of the Needle. In December '41, Martin takes us on the ultimate manhunt, a desperate chase from Los Angeles to Washington, D. C., in the first weeks of the Second World War.

On the day after Pearl Harbor, shocked Americans gather around their radios to hear Franklin Roosevelt declare war. In Los Angeles, a German agent named Martin Browning is planning to kill FDR on the night he lights the National Christmas Tree. Who will stop him? Relentless FBI Agent Frank Carter? Kevin Cusack, a Hollywood script reader who also spies on the German Bund of Los Angeles, and becomes a suspect himself? Or Vivian Hopewell, the aspiring actress who signs on to play Martin Browning's wife and cannot help but fall in love with him?

The clock is ticking. The tracks are laid. The train of narrow escapes, mistaken identities, and shocking deaths is right on schedule. It's a thrilling ride that will sweep you from the back lots of Hollywood to the speeding Super Chief to that solemn Christmas Eve, when twenty thousand people gather on the South Lawn of the White House and the lives of Franklin Roosevelt and his surprise guest, Winston Churchill, hang in the balance.

“A remarkable story that will keep you reading late into the night.”
—Catherine Coulter, #1
New York Times bestselling author of Vortex

“Instantly cinematic and endlessly entertaining, December '41 is an absolute page turner.”
—Hank Phillippi Ryan,
USA Today bestselling author of Her Perfect Life

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Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Another masterpiece from a master, and that's exactly what William Martin is." - Steve Berry

"In December, 1941, FDR and Churchill are marked for death by a Nazi assassin. A remarkable story that will keep you reading late into the night. Be prepared to be shocked to your feet by the unexpected climax. Don't miss this one." - Catherine Coulter

"December '41 is absolutely splendid, a cinematic thriller that takes us across the United States in the first days after Pearl Harbor. It places sharply observed heroes and an unforgettable villain at a unique moment in history, and reminded me of the great wartime movies. Bravo." - Joseph Finder

"William Martin is one of the best fictional interpreters of history working today. His DECEMBER, '41 reveals the world-changing era that pulled the U.S. into wars and struggles that continue to shape all our lives well into the 21st Century. He reports it all, the heroes and villains, the fallen and the forlorn, the struggles of human beings across the global for freedom." - James Grady

"William Martin's thriller December '41 is a well-written, well-researched, and utterly engrossing work of historical fiction. I loved the rich characters, the noir-like dialogue and settings, and the backdrop of those terrifying days in the American Homeland during the start of World War Two. A great piece of writing that was a blast to read." - Mark Greaney

"In William Martin's highly suspenseful historical thriller December '41, America is reeling after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and U.S. law enforcement at all levels understand that the Nazi threat is not just overseas. This is a gripping cat and mouse tale that follows a seasoned Nazi tracker as he races across the country, from glamorous, gritty Hollywood to the bustling streets of war time D.C, to try and catch a seasoned Nazi assassin before he can achieve his most critical mission - killing FDR. December '41 is the ultimate page turner, I loved it!" - Jane Healey

"Against the backdrop of perhaps the most momentous month in U.S. history, William Martin has crafted a first-class mystery. The detail is sharp and the pace breathless. An imaginative story, brilliantly told!" - Ward Larsen

"William Martin's, December '41 is a propulsive and masterful historical spy thriller which feels ominously contemporary. Written in the best Alfred Hitchcock film style crossed with the books of Graham Green and Ken Follett. The frenetic pace and story are phenomenal, filled with classic twists and turns. Agents turn into double agents and, then, triple agents; this thrilling read grips you by the throat and never lets go!" - Andrew Mayne

"Richly imagined, deftly plotted and deeply researched, this atmospheric thriller captures the bygone world of the USA in the troubled days after Pearl Harbor while paying tribute to the great noir novels and films of our past. December '41 will delight fans of this gifted and versatile author while attracting a legion of new devotees. I became so engaged in reading this fast-as-a-bullet tale that I lost track of the time and missed an appointment. Be warned: Clear your schedule before you turn to page one." - Ralph Peters

"This pedal-to-the-floor historical spy thriller is a knockout! In the weeks immediately following Pearl Harbor, Old Hollywood collides with a secret Nazi cell and the result is a tautly written, adrenaline-filled roller coaster ride with the highest of stakes. Add in colorful characters, hairpin turns, and hold-your-breath suspense, and this has Do Not Miss stamped all over it." - Karen Robards

"William Martin is the consummate storyteller! His brilliant December '41 is a contemporary take on the classic spy thriller--It's Herman Wouk meets The Day of the Jackal, with the ticking time bomb expertise of Hitchcock--and it is irresistible. Instantly cinematic and endlessly entertaining, December '41 is an absolute page turner. Martin's impeccable research shines through, seamlessly, in this historical look at old Hollywood, World War II, and the profound triumph of the human spirit." - Hank Phillippi Ryan

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