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The Arms Maker of Berlin

Dan Fesperman

7 Reviews

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Fiction, Thriller / suspense

Fesperman is the American John le Carr - he writes classy, exciting thrillers with taut plotting and a lot of heart.

A ruthless arms billionaire and a disgraced history professor share a terrible secret.

Nat Turnbull is dragged abruptly from his quiet academic life when his former mentor Professor Gordon Wolfe is arrested for stealing top secret archive documents dating back to the Second World War.

Coerced into examining the archives for the FBI, Nat finds intriguing references both to Wolfe's activities in an Allied intelligence office in Switzerland during the war, and to a mysterious student resistance group in Berlin known as the White Rose.
Following Wolfe's cryptic clues to Europe, soon Nat is in a desperate race to unlock the truth, before it gets him killed.

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Praise for The Arms Maker of Berlin

  • Fesperman is the closest thing America has to John le Carr?, a writer of great elegance and sophistication whose novels are as topical as they are compelling. In a market saturated by factory-made thrillers, Fesperman stands out as a spy novelist of the highest quality. - Charles Cumming

  • Stylish, thoughtful and satisfying - Daily Mail

  • Fesperman focuses on Switzerland and Germany and the wartime intrigues of the White Rose student movement, which dared to speak out against Hitler, as he crafts a tale of love, war and betrayal - West Australian

  • It goes without saying that Fesperman is a master of orchestrating tension - but he is equally good at characterising his vulnerable, conflicted protagonists - Daily Express on THE AMATEUR SPY

  • A superb spy thriller worthy of sharing shelf space with the novels of John le Carr? and Ken Follett...darkly imaginative...draws a dramatic portrait - USA Today on THE PRISONER OF GUANTANAMO

  • A terrific novel of intrigue, duplicity and death in the shadow of the Khyber Pass...Fesperman is that rare journalist who is also a gifted novelist...first-rate - Washington Post on THE WARLORD'S SON

  • An absorbing novel with some provocative commentary on America's war on terror - Susannah Yager, Sunday Telegraph on THE PRISONER OF GUANTANAMO

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Dan Fesperman

Dan Fesperman is a war correspondent for Baltimore's The Sun. In the past they have sent him to cover the Gulf War from Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait; then sent him to Berlin to run the paper's Europe bureau during the years of the Yugoslav civil wars in Croatia and Bosnia; and in 2001 assigned him to cover events in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the wake of 9-11. Along the way he also reported from throughout the rest of Europe and the Middle East. Dan is currently on extended leave from The Sun in order to write his next two thrillers.

So far Dan Fesperman is the author of six highly acclaimed novels of international suspense, including THE PRISONER OF GUANTANAMO which won the 2006 Hammett Prize awarded by the International Association of Crime Writers. Dan Fesperman also won the CWA John Creasey Award for best debut crime novel for LIE IN THE DARK in 1999 and his second novel, THE SMALL BOAT OF GREAT SORROWS, won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for best thriller in 2003. He lives in Baltimore with his family. Visit his website at

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