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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (808 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Kanon Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553754179
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In a dusty, remote community of secretly constructed buildings and awesome possibility, the world's most brilliant minds have come together. Their mission: to split an atom and end a war. But among those who have come to Robert Oppenheimer's "enchanted campus" of foreign-born scientists, baffled guards, and restless wives is a simple man, an unraveler of human secrets—a man in search of a killer.

It is the spring of 1945. And Michael Connolly has been sent to Los Alamos to investigate the murder of a security officer on the Manhattan Project. But amid the glimmering cocktail parties and the staggering genius, Connolly will find more than he bargained for. Sleeping in a dead man's bed and making love to another man's wife, Connolly has entered the moral no-man's-land of Los Alamos. For in this place of discovery and secrecy, hope and horror, Connolly is plunged into a shadowy war with a killer—as the world is about to be changed forever.... Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A magnificent work of fiction . . . It’s a love story inside a murder mystery inside perhaps the most significant story of the 20th century: the making of the atomic bomb. . . . A stunning achievement. The Boston Globe
  • Compelling . . . [Joseph Kanon] pulls the reader into a historical drama of excitement and high moral seriousness. The New York Times
  • Thrilling . . . Kanon writes with the sure hand of a veteran and does a marvelous job. The Washington Post Book World
  • An elegant and moving thriller. San Francisco Chronicle
  • Winner of the 1997 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mainrun | 2/14/2014

    " Kind of a dry book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandie Schrader Harris | 2/6/2014

    " This is a solid read, a murder/spy mystery set at Los Alamos, New Mexico, where the atom bomb was developed during World War 2. Fairly well written, with a decent story line, I really kept reading so that I could learn a little about the people who worked on that momentous project. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicky | 2/6/2014

    " Couldn't get into it. Maybe another time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wesley Adam | 2/6/2014

    " Despite the scientific history in the background of this murder novel, the Manhattan Project, it drags and I didn't identify in any way with any character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Treanor | 1/21/2014

    " A good read! A nice little murder/spy story with some historical background thrown in. Takes place at Los Alamos (natch) in the days leading up to the first A-bomb test. Had to check Kanon out, as he's compared to Graham Greene and Le Carre on his Wikipedia page. I'm not so sure about that comparison, but I will be reading his next novel, The Prodigal Spy, soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Young | 1/21/2014

    " A well-paced novel featuring a murder mysteryon the secret base which produced the Atomic Bomb in 1945. It includes real life figures such as Oppenheimer as key players in the mystery. Excellent characters and well-written with great historical detail. Some plot elements in the mystery were a little clunky and implausible, but it was overall a great read, mostly for the great characters, setting and dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rae | 1/20/2014

    " I really enjoyed this historical mystery set within the compound of Los Alamos in the spring of 1945. A man is found beaten to death. It looks like an ordinary passion-driven murder, but is it? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy O'Brien | 12/25/2013

    " A literate and literary thriller writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon Sawyer | 12/22/2013

    " Fascinating setting (Manhattan-era Los Alamos, New Mexico), run-of-the-mill murder mystery plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Van Loo | 12/3/2013

    " Enjoyable read. Kanon does a good job of setting the historical pieces in place, and the story is good, too. It occasionally felt a bit disjointed, but was worth it in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 7/7/2013

    " I thought this was his best book. Also enjoyed: The Good German; Alibi; The Prodigal Spy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lou | 1/18/2013

    " An interesting look into what life must have been like living is Los Alamos during the development of the atomic bomb. Unfortunately I thought the main character was an a--hole and there was too much 'love story' that took focus away from the main story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey Hammerhead | 12/7/2012

    " Joseph Kanon won ad Edgar in 1998 for this book. The book takes place in 1945 with the atom bomb program. Very absorbing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robert | 11/23/2012

    " Did not finish, stopped about at about 3/4 of the book. Wanted to like it to but neither plot or main characters were sufficiently compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Gross | 1/27/2012

    " Thought this would be a murder mystery set in 1945 in Los Alamos. It was, but there was a complicated love story that took up half the novel. Plus the investigator barely investigated. Giev it a miss. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Monica | 11/20/2011

    " Never really read this completely. We discussed it in our bookclub but no one liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dodi | 9/2/2011

    " Very interesting fictional account of some very real events at Los Alamos "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke | 7/7/2011

    " Fantastic. A love story/murder mystery/spy story set at the birth of the Atomic age. Oppenheimer and crew make appearances (as major characters) and the just-starting Cold War paranoia creates a nice amount of tension. A great first novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric John | 5/18/2011

    " really not getting into it yet. It seems to be dragging along so far. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pete | 10/4/2010

    " I started it, but didn't finish. I didn't appreciate the morals of the man coming to solve a murder and consumed with seducing a married woman.
    I don't need this kind of junk. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 10/1/2010

    " An intriguing story built around a mysterious locale in World War II. Great suspense with a love story on the side. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 8/8/2010

    " With the exception of a stupidly gratuitous sex scene, this book about the Manhattan Project (development of the atom bomb)kept me turning the pages as fast I could read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 5/27/2010

    " A 1945 murder mystery that takes place within the Manhattan Project complex.
    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Monica | 1/26/2010

    " Never really read this completely. We discussed it in our bookclub but no one liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rex | 1/12/2010

    " Since, I'm such a fan of all things related to the Manhattan Project, I am heavily biased, but I still think this first novel by Joseph Kanon remains his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 11/19/2009

    " A great period piece w/ a mystery to add to the excitement. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 9/2/2009

    " This was actually a reread from years before but I did not remember it all that well. Good plot and characters. "

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About the Author

Joseph Kanon is the Edgar Award–winning author of several novels, including The Good German, which was made into a major motion picture starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett.

About the Narrator

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Audie Awards and twenty-two Earphones Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.