The Quest for Anna Klein by Thomas H. Cook
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Thomas Danforth has lived a fortunate life. The son of a wealthy importer, he traveled the world in his youth, and now, in his twenties, he lives in New York City and runs the family business. It is 1939, and the world is on the brink of war, but Danforth’s life is untroubled, his future assured. Then, on a snowy evening walk along Gramercy Park, a friend poses a fateful question. 

As it turns out, this friend has a dangerous idea that can change the world. Danforth is to provide a place where a “brilliant woman” can receive training in firearms and explosives. This is to be the beginning of an international plot carried out by the mysterious Anna Klein—a plot that will ensnare Danforth in more ways than one. When the plan goes wrong and Klein disappears, Danforth’s quest begins: it is a journey of ever-shifting alliances and betrayals that will lead him across a war-torn world in search of answers. Now in his ninety-first year, at the dawn of a troubled new era, he sits in luxury at the Century Club and tells his tale to the young man from Washington he has summoned, for reasons of his own, to hear it.

 

About Thomas H. Cook

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Thomas H. Cook is the author of sixteen novels, including The Chatham School Affair, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel; The Interrogation; Instruments of Night; Breakheart Hill; Mortal Memory; Sacrificial Ground and Blood Innocents, both Edgar Award nominees; and two early works about true crimes, Early Graves and Blood Echoes. He lives in New York City and Cape Cod, where he is at work on his next novel.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published June 21, 2011 by Mariner Books. 357 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As the story unfolds, Danforth pushes and prods the callow Crane toward understanding the complexity of moral choices, the shadows that obscure love and loyalty and the perils of cause becoming obsession.

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At the start of Edgar-winner Cook's thoughtful if less than inspired thriller, Paul Crane, a young American intelligence operative, interviews 91-year-old Thomas Jefferson Danforth at Manhattan's Century Club.

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Historical Novel Society

Danforth, who never seemed to have his eye on the bigger picture in the first place, decides to go in search of her rather than continue on with the “Project.” He follows rumors across wartime Germanyand then Cold War Soviet Union, discovering along the way that Anna wasn’t quite what she seemed...

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Thomas Danforth, a young American, becomes involved in a plot to kill Hitler in 1939.

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Mysterious Reviews

Cook's latest stand-alone, The Quest for Anna Klein, takes place in different locations and different time periods, both of which would seem to be very far apart and yet somehow not.

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For a work so strongly American the distant inspiration of Anna Klein must have been another Anna – Anna Wolkoff, a White Russian émigré who was involved in the Tyler Kent affair in London in 1940.

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My San Antonio

Danforth meets the woman, Anna Klein, and has to decide: Does he want a predictable, inconsequential life, or does he want a life of danger and mystery, one that might matter historically?

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Open Salon

Danforth, in his pursuit of Anna, steps through this metaphorical doorway and pays the price, but will Paul and his DC employers heed what Danforth calls his simple parable.

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I knew of Chekhov, but was unfamiliar with his hammer until I read a passage in Thomas H Cook's spellbinding historical novel-cum-spy thriller, The Quest for Anna Klein.

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