The Assassins Gallery by David L. Robbins

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New Year’s Eve, 1945. The assassin steps out of the Atlantic Ocean in the middle of a raging nor’easter. Cool and efficient, she’s a weapon of war superbly trained in the ancient arts of subterfuge and murder. And even though she’s outnumbered, she’s got one major advantage: No one knows she’s coming.

Professor Mikhal Lammeck’s specialty is the history and weaponry of assassins. But even Lammeck is caught off guard when the Secret Service urgently requests his help: A gruesome double murder and suicide in Massachusetts has set off alarm bells. It’s only a hunch, but all too soon Lammeck suspects the unthinkable.

In the waning days of the war, someone wants one last shot to alter history. An assassin is headed to Washington, D.C., to kill the most important soldier of them all: the U.S. commander in chief. As Lammeck and a killer at the top of her profession circle the streets of the capital in the hunt for FDR, one of them will attempt to kill the world’s most powerful man; the other, to save him. And between them, for an instant, history will hang in the balance. . . .

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About David L. Robbins

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David L. Robbins is also the author of Souls to Keep. A former attorney and freelance writer, he now writes full-time in Richmond, Virginia.
Published July 25, 2006 by Bantam. 544 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror. Fiction

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This tells Lammeck, whose expertise includes familiarity with Marco Polo’s diaries, that the killer is probably a highly trained, cold-blooded master of open-hand combat and poisons.

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Set in 1945 near the end of WWII, Robbins's daring thriller opens with a brutal, brilliantly described double murder on the beach near Newburyport, Mass.

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Utilizing her looks to pass freely between the black and white community, Sarah is able to slowly but inevitably work her way toward the White House, turning culturally imposed limitations and barriers into strengths while using her own formidable skills to turn Lammeck from the hunter into the h...

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In a style borrowed from Ken Follett and other venerable suspense novelists, Robbins switches between the single-minded, somewhat stylized perspective of the killer, navigating through Washington's black community, and the rough-and-tumble hunches of Lammeck and his sidekick, Secret Service Agent...

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Entertainment Weekly

''Is history made by men or events?'' That's the highbrow question posed over and over (and, unnecessarily, over) again in The Assassins Gallery, a less than gripping what-if historical thriller, which puts an assassin on President Franklin Roosevelt's tail in the waning days of WWII.

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