Los Alamos by Joseph Kanon

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In a dusty, remote community of secretly constructed buildings and awesome possibility, the world's most brilliant minds have come together. Their mission: to split an atom and end a war. But among those who have come to Robert Oppenheimer's "enchanted campus" of foreign-born scientists, baffled guards, and restless wives is a simple man, an unraveler of human secrets—a man in search of a killer.

It is the spring of 1945. And Michael Connolly has been sent to Los Alamos to investigate the murder of a security officer on the Manhattan Project. But amid the glimmering cocktail parties and the staggering genius, Connolly will find more than he bargained for. Sleeping in a dead man's bed and making love to another man's wife, Connolly has entered the moral no-man's-land of Los Alamos. For in this place of discovery and secrecy, hope and horror, Connolly is plunged into a shadowy war with a killer—as the world is about to be changed forever....

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About Joseph Kanon

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Joseph Kanon is the author of five other novels, Los Alamos, The Prodigal Spy, The Good German, Alibi, and Stardust. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a book publishing executive. He lives in New York City.
Published September 22, 2010 by Island Books. 539 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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From the former head of Houghton Mifflin's trade division, a first thriller set at Los Alamos during the later stages of the building of the atomic bomb.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Los Alamos

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It's always pleasing to publishing folk when one of their own turns a hand successfully to writing; and there will be general rejoicing that Kanon, former head of trade publishing at Houghton Mifflin,

Apr 28 1997 | Read Full Review of Los Alamos

Entertainment Weekly

First-time novelist Joseph Kanon's spy tale set against the Manhattan Project, provides a fresh twist on the theme: A slain security officer, a skeptical Army investigator summoned to New Mexico to determine whether the murder had anything to do with an attempt to steal atom bomb secrets, and...

May 23 1997 | Read Full Review of Los Alamos

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   It is 1945.

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