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Peter Quinn is the author of the novel Banished Children of Eve, and was speechwriter for New York governors Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo. He is corporate editorial director for AOL Time Warner, and lives in New York.

Hour of the Cat

Peter Quinn

Hugely ambitious ... Quinn fills in the gaps with such wonderful historical detail that this is a delight from the offDaily Telegraph

Peter Quinn has just about reinvented the historical detective novel ... intelligent, ironic, well-written suspense that makes us think’ James Patterson

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It’s 1939 and Private Investigator Fintan Dunne is lured into a case with connections that stretch beyond the New York crime scene to Nazi Germany. Meanwhile plans for a military coup are forming in Berlin. Admiral Canaris, head of Military Intelligence, must choose between violating every value he holds as an officer, or betraying the plotters to the Gestapo and forsaking the country’s last hope to avert utter destruction. With Hitler’s crimes lauded as a programme of racial cleansing at the vanguard of a eugenics movement launched in the United States and Britain, the ‘hour of the cat’ looms and every German conscience must make a choice. Hour of the Cat is a stunning achievement; tautly suspenseful, hauntingly memorable, and brilliantly authentic.