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A Pure Double Cross (American Spy Trilogy #1)

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Cleveland, 1945 -- OSS spy Hal Schroeder returns from two harrowing years behind German lines. The horrors of war have left him bitter and cynical. The FBI recruits him to infiltrate the Cleveland mob and conduct a series of sting operations targeting crime boss Teddy Briggslavski, alias, Mr. Big. Hal signs on, planning to double cross the feds, pocket their front money, a ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published October 17th 2008 by Blue Steel Press (first published August 25th 2008)
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Apr 14, 2009 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, male-author
A PURE DOUBLE CROSS is the first book of the "American Spy Trilogy." Hal Schroeder returns to Cleveland, Ohio after two years as an OSS spy in World War II. Compound the emotions from the war with the fact that Hal's girlfriend married another man while he was at war, and you're left with a hardened and bitter man.

When the FBI recruit Hal to go undercover in the Cleveland mob, Hal sees the opportunity as a chance to turn a double cross and make enough of a fortune to sail off into the sunset. B
Jul 30, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it
I am a huge lover of spy stories. Combine a spy with organized crime, and my brain fills with images of deception and shady forms of adventure. I have also always been fond of 40s era books and film. John Knoerle definitely captures that era with his story.

It was nice walking the streets along with Schroeder and clearly visualizing every sound and almost feeling the chill in the air of Cleveland near Christmas time. Each locale whether a deli or a jazz lounge and dance parlor. These details real
Mar 12, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it
The year was 1945. Hal Schroeder used to be s spy for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Upon his return from behind enemy lines in Germany, Hal is so ready to relax; through he will miss the excitement that only a spy could relate to. Hal will have to wait to retire just a little longer. The FBI wants to recruit Hal for a bank heist. Yes, you did read right…the FBI is planning a bank heist, in fact a couple of bank heists. The plan is for Hal to integrate himself into the mob and steal the ...more
Karen E. Garcia
Apr 12, 2015 Karen E. Garcia rated it really liked it
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I won a free copy of this book in a Goodreads contest. I truly enjoyed reading this book, it always left me wanting to continue reading. Being a spy during a war has resulted in many losses. Now given a task by the FBI, Hal the former spy, is done with the lies and plans to come out by himself with the prize. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, a new twist arrived and threw me for a loop many times. You are constantly left wondering whose side will come out being the victory, and if th ...more
Simon Koenig
Feb 12, 2012 Simon Koenig rated it really liked it
This is the First in a trilogy in the American Spy series. While not on the level of Philip Kerr's Berlin Noir this fast paced story is a 1st class novel. Engaging characters, excellent dialog and a plausable story line make this a worthwhile read. Knowing that there will be at least 2 other books to follow did not lessen the impact of the first in the series. Set in post war Cleveland (1945) Hal Schroeder, former OSS agent is recruited to assist the FBI to help bring down a mob crime boss. I ca ...more
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Jun 15, 2013 Diana Senn rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed the book, took a little while to get into story and build the the characters.
got lost a couple of times and had to go back and find the missing pieces.
but over all I would recommend this book and hopefully the next book will move a little smoother now that I know who the characters are
May 20, 2013 Barbara rated it it was amazing
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Jun 18, 2013 Vykki rated it it was amazing
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This book was a kick from the beginning to end. I love the gangster and the spy. This book read like a old time detective novel. Its a fun ride. I won this book on Goodreads. Thank you
Jul 02, 2013 Gentle rated it really liked it
I won this book on Goodreads. I normally am not into old spy novels, but A Pure Double Cross was quick moving and held my attention. The characters are well written and engaging.
Jun 18, 2013 Judie rated it really liked it
If you like spies, gangsters and good prose, then this is the book for you. Definitely enjoyed it.

I received this book compliments of goodreads First Read for my honest review.
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Jun 06, 2013 Kimberly Hortman rated it really liked it
I received this good in a first-reads giveaway & really enjoyed it. Mysteries are not my favorite genre, but I liked the characters in this book and it was fast paced, but easy to follow!
Jun 17, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing
This was a great read. I love books that are set in a past time period. The characters & storyline where excellent. I look forward to reading the second book in this series in the near future.
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A great read - I couldn't put it down. It helps that the setting - Cleveland - is out my back door.
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John Knoerle's first novel,"Crystal Meth Cowboys," was optioned by Fox for a TV series.

His second novel, "The Violin Player," won the Mayhaven Award for Fiction.

His latest novel, "The Proxy Assassin," is Book Three of The American Spy Trilogy featuring ex-OSS agent Hal Schroeder. It was designated as one of the best indie novels of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews.

John lives with his wife Judie in Chicago.

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Other Books in the Series

American Spy Trilogy (3 books)
  • A Despicable Profession (American Spy Trilogy, #2)
  • The Proxy Assassin (American Spy Trilogy, #3)

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