The Fifth Column: A Novel (Hardcover)
It's February 1939 in New York City and Charles Mossman is trying to drown his sorrows over the mess he's made of his life. After a split second decision ends in tragedy, he officially hits rock bottom. When Charlie tries to rebuild his relationship with his daughter after a two year absence , he becomes suspicious of his estranged wife's kindly, old neighbors. Vividly painting the picture of pre-World War II America, the story starts slowly gradually building to the exciting, frantic ending. Prepare for a late night because you'll want to keep reading until you finish!— Lisa
“One of the best historical thriller authors in the business... [A] stellar novel.” —Associated Press
#1 New York Times bestselling author of The One Man Andrew Gross once again delivers a tense, stirring thriller of a family torn apart set against the backdrop of a nation plunged into war.
February, 1939. Europe teeters on the brink of war. In New York City, twenty-two thousand cheering Nazi supporters pack Madison Square Garden for a raucous, hate-filled rally. In a Hell’s Kitchen bar, Charles Mossman is reeling from the loss of his job and the demise of his marriage when a group draped in Nazi flags barges in. Drunk, Charlie takes a swing at one with tragic results and a torrent of unintended consequences follows.
Two years later. America is wrestling with whether to enter the growing war. Charles’s estranged wife and six-year-old daughter, Emma, now live in a quiet brownstone in the German-speaking New York City neighborhood of Yorkville, where support for Hitler is common. Charles, just out of prison, struggles to put his life back together, while across the hall from his family, a kindly Swiss couple, Trudi and Willi Bauer, have taken a liking to Emma. But Charles begins to suspect that they might not be who they say they are.
As the threat of war grows, and fears of a “fifth column”—German spies embedded into everyday life—are everywhere, Charles puts together that the seemingly amiable Bauers may be part of a sinister conspiracy. When Pearl Harbor is attacked and America can no longer sit on the sideline, that conspiracy turns into a deadly threat with Charles the only one who can see it and Emma, an innocent pawn.
About the Author
ANDREW GROSS is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of several novels, including No Way Back, Everything to Lose, and One Mile Under. He is also coauthor of five #1 New York Times bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard. His books have been translated into over 25 languages. He lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife, Lynn. They have three children.
Praise for The Fifth Column
"A masterpiece that is both heart-wrenching and heart-pounding, and certain to become an instant blockbuster." —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris
"Andrew Gross pays homage to Hitchcock in a twisty, fast-paced thriller." —Lou Berney, Edgar Award-winning author of November Road and The Long and Faraway Gone