The Eighth Dwarf by Ross Thomas

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Searching for a killer of Nazi war criminals, an ex-spy finds an unlikely ally
Nicolae Polscaru, a three-and-a-half-foot-tall dwarf, is tossed into a Hollywood swimming pool by four drunken screenwriters, who take bets on how long he can tread water. Minor Jackson, his OSS training still fresh a year after World War II’s end, beats the bullies senseless and pulls Nicolae from the water. A friendship is born. Jackson is broke, his spying days over, and Nicolae offers him a job. A former spy himself, the globetrotting Romanian has a commission to find Kurt Oppenheimer, an expert assassin of high-ranking Nazis. Kurt won’t stop killing, no matter what the bloodshed will do to the fragile world peace, and the Soviets, the British, and the remains of the Nazi High Command all want his head. Jackson will beat them all to finding Kurt—unless his new friend betrays him first.

About Ross Thomas

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Writer Ross Thomas was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on February 19, 1926. During World War II, he served in the Philippines. Before becoming a writer in 1965, he worked as a pulic relations specialist and a reporter. He has written over twenty novels, including The Cold War Swap, which won the 1967 Edgar Award for best first novel, and Briarpatch, which won the 1985 Edgar Award for best novel. He also wrote a series of novels under the pseudonym Oliver Bleeck. Besides writing novels, he worked on the following three screenplays: St. Ives, which was based on a character he created, Hammett, and Bad Company. He died in Santa Monica, California on December 18, 1995.
Published October 4, 2011 by Road. 319 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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