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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…

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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 Leaving Berlin, Istanbul PassageLos AlamosThe Prodigal SpyAlibiStardust, and The Good German, which was made into a major motion picture starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. He lives in New York City.
About the Narrator

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