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Los Alamos

Joseph Kanon

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Fiction, Thriller / suspense

A moving and gripping novel from the author of LEAVING BERLIN

'Brilliantly captures the burgeoning Cold War paranoia'

Elegantly written and deftly constructed, LOS ALAMOS is the stunning debut novel of the author of LEAVING BERLIN and THE GOOD GERMAN.

Spring 1945. As work on the first atomic bomb nears completion in New Mexico, Karl Bruner, a Manhattan Project security officer, is found murdered.

Michael Connolly, the intelligence officer brought in to crack Bruner's case, soon discovers that investigating a murder in Los Alamos - a town so secret it does not officially exist - is anything but easy. Only once he falls in love and begins an affair with Emma, the enigmatic wife of one of the scientists, does he truly begin to unravel the dark heart of the Project.

Interweaving fact and fiction, LOS ALAMOS is at once a powerful novel of historical intrigue and a vivid portrait of the most mysterious figures involved in the Manhattan Project: Robert Oppenheimer.

'Accomplished and beautifully written'
Sunday Telegraph

'Enthralling . . . a dream of a novel'
Time Out

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Praise for Los Alamos

  • Well written, nicely constructed, enthralling - Time Out

  • Brilliantly captures the burgeoning cold-war paranoia - Observer

  • Echoes Robert Harris' Enigma - Daily Telegraph

  • This debut could do for the Manhattan Project what Enigma did for Bletchley Park - Bookseller

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Joseph Kanon

Joseph Kanon is the author of Los Alamos (winner of the Edgar Award), The Prodigal Spy and The Good German. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a publishing executive. He lives in New York City.

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