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Dan Fesperman

The Letter Writer

NY Times Best Selling Author Former foreign correspondent Dan Fesperman

Dan‘s travels as a journalist and novelist have taken him to thirty countries and three war zones. Lie in the Dark won the Crime Writers’ Association of Britain’s John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for best first crime novel, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows won their Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for best thriller, and The Prisoner of Guantánamo won the Dashiell Hammett Award from the International Association of Crime Writers.

His newest book is The Letter Writer:

“The WWII alliance between the Mafia and the U.S. government has been explored in crime fiction before but never in such compelling fashion as Fesperman does here…

“His marriage in shambles, former North Carolina cop Woodrow Cain arrives in New York in early 1942 with a new job (NYPD detective, arranged by his wealthy father-in-law) and with the stink of scandal still clinging to his clothes like yesterday’s Lucky Strikes. He draws a seemingly dead-end murder case but gets lucky when an impoverished but educated man called Danziger, who earns his living writing letters for illiterate immigrants, provides information about the body, about German spies, and about corruption in the NYPD.

“Why does Danziger know so much about everything, including the Mafia? Why is Cain’s father-in-law interfering in Cain’s investigation? The police-corruption theme is a familiar one, of course, but what makes this novel shine is the way Fesperman combines it with the mobsters-as-patriots angle and with the rich character of the letter writer.” —Bill Ott, BOOKLIST