Turncoat by Aaron Elkins
A Novel of Suspense

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews



Pete Simon's all-American life was everything he ever wished for: a good home, a satisfying career, and a marriage still strong and loving after nearly twenty years. But in the days following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, everything is about to change. And it begins with the appearance of a stranger at his door.

The man ranting madly about money, death, and forgiveness is unknown to Pete -- but not to his distraught wife, Lily. Only when the man has gone does the truth come out. The unwelcome visitor was Lily 's father, whom she had claimed died long ago in their native France. The next day he is dead, his savagely beaten body washed up in a nearby marsh -- and Lily disappears, leaving a note behind begging Pete not to follow her.

As a nation mourns its fallen leader, Pete Simon is devastated by a tragedy of his own. Now, with a business card from an antiques dealer in Barcelona as his only lead, he sets out to find his missing wife, embarking on a twisted and perilous journey that will carry him to Europe, where the hideous crimes of the Nazi aggressors remain fresh in the minds of those who cannot forget...or forgive. But each door Pete opens leads him deeper into a painful and shocking past slowly revealing secrets of greed, terror, guilt, and treacherous collaboration with a monstrous enemy that could shatter everything he believes in destroy everything he loves. And suddenly he has become more than a concerned husband and seeker of a bitter truth; he has become the target of desperate, dangerous men and their terrifying vengeance.

A haunting parable of good and evil and the many shifting shades of humanity in between, Aaron Elkins's Turncoat is an extraordinary reading experience, a compelling, provocative, and rocket-paced rollercoaster ride with surprises at every turn that will leave the reader breathless.


About Aaron Elkins

See more books from this Author
Former anthropologist Aaron Elkins has been writing mysteries and thrillers since 1982. He won an Edgar award for Old Bones, as well as an Agatha (with his wife Charlotte), and a Nero Wolfe Award. His major continuing series features forensic anthropologist-detective Gideon Oliver, "the skeleton detective". Aaron speaks often at professional conferences, is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, has written for Smithsonian magazine, and is the author of several short stories. His work, which has been published in over a dozen languages, include: NASTY BREAKS (with his wife Charlotte Elkins), MAKE NO BONES, A DECEPTIVE CLARITY, SKELETON DANCE, THE DARK PLACE, and Little Tiny Teeth. He and his wife Charlotte live in Washington.
Published April 1, 2014 by Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, History, Travel, Horror, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Turncoat

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

With some prodding from Pete, Lily confesses that the stranger was her father, Marcel Vercier, who isn’t dead, as she’d told Pete.

| Read Full Review of Turncoat: A Novel of Suspense

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

A tough interview with the dead man's cagey co-partner, Charles Lebrun, reveals little about the film, the murder or Lily's whereabouts, but it does enlighten Pete as to Vercier's wartime collaboration with Nazi occupiers.

| Read Full Review of Turncoat: A Novel of Suspense

Reviewing the Evidence

Satisfying, that is, until the day not long after that Lily¹s father shows up unexpectedly at their door and his daughter, who¹d long ago told Pete her father was dead, rudely rebuffs him.

| Read Full Review of Turncoat: A Novel of Suspense

Reader Rating for Turncoat

An aggregated and normalized score based on 13 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review