The Alice Factor by J. Robert Janes
As war looms over Europe, a diamond dealer fights the Nazis from behind enemy lines
It is 1937, and the Antwerp Diamond Exchange is preparing for war. The Wehrmacht is hungry for industrial diamonds, without which it’s impossible to manufacture armor, radios, or guns. For Richard Hagen, a rare gentile jewelry dealer, business has never been better. But this quiet diamond expert is about to begin a war of his own.
On a business trip to Germany, Hagen attempts to sabotage Nazi efforts to secure the diamonds they need so desperately. Masquerading as a friend of the Reich, he sends home messages in a code based on Alice in Wonderland. The Antwerp Exchange is preparing to flee to London, but Hagen will remain in mainland Europe. As the Gestapo closes in, he will have to stay diamond-sharp to survive.
“[Janes has a] sure grasp of period detail and [a] seamless way of mixing fact and fiction.” —Booklist
“A master of the psychological thriller.” —Midwest Book Review
“Janes has effectively recreated a period of French history that is usually unacknowledged or swept under the rug. Original and gripping.” —The Drood Review of Mystery
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