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The Accomplice

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  274 ratings  ·  46 reviews
“Gripping and authentic…Kanon’s imagination flourishes [and] the narrative propulsion is clear. A thoroughly satisfying piece of entertainment that extends a tentacle into some serious moral reflection.” —The New York Times Book Review

The “master of the genre” (The Washington Post) Joseph Kanon returns with a heart-pounding and intelligent espionage novel about a Nazi war
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Atria Books
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Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great piece of espionage fiction! It was sexy and fast-paced. The dialogue was fierce and tangible. A spy-thriller-romance set against the backdrop of history made for a great read.

It is as described: In 1962, Aaron seeks to justify his Uncle Max’s last wish in hunting down a Nazi, Otto Schramm, who never payed for his war crimes. Otto served as a medical doctor for the Nazis, performing tortuous medical experiments on children and sending others to the gas chambers. Aaron flies to
William Koon
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
As we used to say back home about a tobacco crop, Joseph Kanon’s The Accomplice is “fair to middlin’.” That is, it’s good. Just not that good. I keep waiting for him to drop another The Good German. This one is about Nazi hunting in 1962, that is post-Eichmann, post Hannah Arendt. The plot is fairly simple on the surface, but Kanon has enough joy and juice to make it more than interesting. From Germany to South America, from the CIA to the Mossad and with a love story that teeters on passion, ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Joseph Kanon’s The Accomplice stirs up a hell of a historical hornet’s nest. It begins with a conversation between a Nazi hunting uncle and his CIA nephew. The uncle, a survivor, believes that he is close to the end of his life. The man he’s been hunting ever since the end of the war, Otto Schramm, is believed to be dead but Max Weill is not so sure. Aaron, the nephew, is reluctant to take on his uncle’s mission. After all, in 1962, the Nuremberg Trials are long over. Some convicted Nazis have ...more
Maine Colonial
I received a free publisher's advance reviewing copy.

If you’re interested in this book, you probably know the story of Josef Mengele, the infamous doctor who “sorted” new arrivals at Auschwitz and subjected many to horrific tortures. Mengele escaped to South America and was never captured, eventually dying in a swimming accident. Unsatisfying, right? What Kanon seems to be doing here is using the fictional Otto Schramm as a Mengele stand-in, but this time his death is a fake and our protagonist,
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Every time I review a book by Joseph Kanon I say the same thing: he’s done it again. That is not to say the story is the same, but THE ACCOMPLICE is Kanon’s usual historical fiction/thriller with characters in situations I’m sure they can’t get out of but always do. Presentation is always smart dialog, no long paragraphs describing scenery as in so many other novels. This book is, as Kanon’s books always are, excellent.

Aaron Wiley feels obligated to find Otto Schramn, a doctor who performed
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well-Worth Reading!

Joseph Kanon has a proven track record for writing finely paced Cold War espionage thrillers with a flair for atmospheric detail, intriguing characters and suspenseful plotting, and his latest book, The Accomplice, definitely adds to his success. As stated in the book’s description, The Accomplice’s plot involves a Nazi war criminal who was supposed to be dead, the rogue CIA agent on his trail and the beautiful woman connected to them both.

Without having to resort to a book’s
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, own, vine
When Max, an Auschwitz survivor turned Nazi hunter, sees one of his former tormentors, he enlists his nephew Aaron to catch him. Otto Schramm, doctor and contemporary of Mengele, sent Max’s son to the gas chambers and used Max to experiment on Jewish children. But there’s one problem – the world thinks Otto died two years earlier in a car accident.

To prove Otto is still alive, Aaron goes to Buenos Aires to trail Otto’s alluring daughter Hannah. Of course things get complicated between them, and
Beverley Albright
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I won this book on the goodreads giveaway and this is my review.
I wanted to like this book more than I did. The premise was very intriguing. But, I think, the main character, Aaron let me down. He was never committed to being anything. At first, he didn't want to help his uncle track the war criminal. Then, as his uncle convinced him somewhat that it needed to be done, he half way helped.
After his uncle's death, he felt obligated, but his heart wasn't in it. After meeting, Hannah, the daughter
Linda Bond
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are a handful of great spy writers – John Le Carré for one, and Joseph Kanon is another. It’s the era of the Cold War when everyone relied on spies to ferret out the bad guys and this often involved digging up the whereabouts of Nazi criminals. Max Weill will never forget Dr. Otto Schramm who, like Mengele, carried out terrible experiments on prisoners at Auschwitz, was responsible for the deaths of his family, and escaped to South America after the war. Dying himself, he passes the baton ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summer-2019, fiction
Sharp dialogue and well-developed characters make for a briskly paced read. Kanin is in fine form and delivers a compelling story. His stellar reputation in the spy/thriller genre continues to be well-deserved, Aaron, a desk analyst for The Company takes on his dying uncle’s wish to bring a Nazi war criminal hiding in Argentina to justice, Jumping from Hamburg to Buenos Aires in the army 1960s, Kanon successfully recreates the time and places his characters inhabit. Credible, moving and a ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I won this ARC from a Goodreads giveaway! Thank you to Goodreads and Atria Books for the opportunity.

This book seemed like a wonderful premise but it just didn’t deliver for me. I found it al a bit boring and the main character annoyed me. He was so wishy-washy.

It definitely wasn’t the worst, but I don’t think I’d read it again.
Steven Z.
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For the remaining survivors of the Holocaust the term “statute of limitations” is meaningless, they still want justice. No one knows how many of Hitler’s murderers remain alive or where they might be, but for the few their culpability in the Nazi death machine should merit capture, trial, and punishment no matter their age or medical condition. As in the recent novel ONCE WE WERE BROTHERS by Ronald H. Batson, the obsession on the part of a few to bring these criminals to justice dominates the ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Accomplice is a fast-paced, well-tuned espionage/historical thriller filled with intricate characters and plot twists. Kanon paints the scenes so masterfully, that the reader is drawn into the action from beginning to end.

The novel take place in 1962. Aaron Wiley works behind a desk for an unnamed American intelligence agency. He visits his dying uncle, Max Weill, in Hamburg, Germany. Max, a doctor, was pulled from the selection lines at Auschwitz by Otto Schramm a Nazi doctor who reported
The Accomplice is a fast-paced, well-tuned espionage/historical thriller filled with intricate characters and plot twists. Kanon paints the scenes so masterfully, that the reader is drawn into the action from beginning to end.

The novel take place in 1962. Aaron Wiley works behind a desk for an unnamed American intelligence agency. He visits his dying uncle, Max Weill, in Hamburg, Germany. Max, a doctor, was pulled from the selection lines at Auschwitz by Otto Schramm a Nazi doctor who reported
Becky Motew
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

A fantastic read! I raced through it in a day. Gripping from start to finish, suspenseful and riveting.

It's 1962. Some of the big Nazis have been put on trial and hung. Many of them are in the wind, though, escaped hither and yon, and since the Eichmann capture, the world's appetite for justice seems to have abated.

Aaron Wiley's Uncle Max is still on the job, though. His zeal is driven by his own coerced wartime service under Otto Schramm at Auschwitz. (The fictional Schramm is
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Joseph Kanon's specialty is fleshing out those events around the end of the Second World War. "Leaving Berlin" follows famous expatriots as they gather in what will soon be East Berlin; in "Los Alamos " a murder brings the police to the town where scientists from all over the world have gathered to develop the atomic bomb; "Istanbul Passage" presents a neutral city at a time when spy networks are being dismantled, scientists are up for grabs, and Jews are trying to get to Palestine.

Now we have
Deon Stonehouse
Aaron Wiley’s mother didn’t survive Hitler’s reign of terror, his father has died, his last remaining relative is his uncle Max Weill, still living in Germany. Max was a good physician until he was shipped to Auschwitz and forced to assist Dr. Otto Shramm in his cruel experiments. Max survived, but he put aside medicine to hunt Nazis, seeking some meagre justice for their crimes.

By 1962 Max is ill and tired. Aaron, worried about his uncle, took leave from his job as a CIA analyst to spend time
Joy Matteson
It’s 1962 in Communist Germany, when Holocaust survivor Max Weill glimpses his supposedly dead Nazi captor and camp doctor Otto Shramm alive and well on the streets of Hamburg. Max’s failing health prevents him from chasing Schramm down himself, so he begs his CIA analyst nephew Aaron Wiley to finish the job he started. Aaron’s trail leads him to the fast paced streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where his warmest lead takes the form of Otto’s hauntingly beautiful daughter Hanna, who has plenty ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of "The Accomplice" from the goodreads giveaway. The book takes place in around 1962. It is seventeen years after the fall of the Third Reich. Max Weill and his family were victims of the horrors of the Holocaust. He saw his whole family killed at Auschwitz. He tells his nephew, Aaron Wiley he wants him to find Otto Schramm who escaped to Argentina . Otto Schram is a Nazi who helped kill Otto's family. Aaron Wiley is an American CIA desk analyst. Max is in poor health and wants ...more
Ralph Blackburn
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Accomplice by Joseph Kanon- Hunting a high profile supposedly dead Ex-Nazi in 1962 Buenos Aires, Aaron Wiley struggles to complete the quest his dying uncle bequeathed to him just before he died. Though he works for American intelligence, he is not truly suited for moving from behind a desk and out into that dangerous field. But there is a woman. A blond beauty, who also happens to be the daughter of his target. Only after meeting her and getting to know her does Aaron realize how in over ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways, thriller, arc
I won this ARC in a Goodreads Giveaway. This is the first thing I've read by the Author.

I wish I could give partial stars in the reviews, I would have given this 3.5. I had a real hard time getting started with this book, it felt like I was missing some important back story, kind of like I came in on book 3 or 4 of a series. Once I got past the first couple of chapters the pace of the book picked up but I was still having some difficulties in liking the characters (the good guys, the bad guys
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is about Max a man with a past that he wants to seek revenge on the person who wronged his family and him in the old days at the concentration camp. Max saw many things and could not live with them; he wanted revenge. The man Otto was suppose to be dead but he had been sited by someone and Max was determined to make him pay for his crimes. He talked his nephew Aaron into helping him find the dead man and get his revenge. Aaron could not believe that Otto was dead until he found the ...more
Daniel Thomas
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Spellbinding thriller from author Joseph Kanon. Aaron Wiley is an American intelligence officer who returns to his native Germany to visit his ailing uncle and Nazi hunter, Max Weill. Will having lunch at an outdoor café, Max sees Otto Schamm, a Nazi colleague of Joseph Mengele at Auschwitz. Otto Schramm is assumed dead after a car accident. But, clearly he’s very much alive.

Before Max dies Aaron pledges to bring Otto Schramm to justice. But, are his loyalties to the United States or to his
John Sklar
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
A good, uncomfortable book. The story is unpleasant.What did I expect in a story of Nazi hunters in the years after the war. Kanon pulls no punches and tells the story the way it might really happen.
I spent a week in Buenos Aires a few years ago and his descriptions of the city and its flavor are spot on. I hope he got a vacation out of the book.
It is obvious that Nazis ended up in South America. We don't know much of how they got there and how they were sustained as members of the upper
Pamela Aronson
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Pamela by:
More over John LeCarre. Joseph Kanon has definitely made his mark as one of the best spy/thriller writers. Kanon delivers a compelling story full of intrigue and twists . His main characters are fully developed with crisp dialogue and realistic interactions. The Accomplice is a fast paced, thought-provoking novel with a credible ending. I highly recommend this novel and am looking forward to his next book.
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A bedside promise, to keep searching for a Nazi doctor who did the unthinkable at Auschwitz, sends Aaron Wiley hunting in Argentina, Bolivia, Spain, and Germany, in person and by electronic questioning. This is Joseph Kanon doing what he does best: weaving a story in and through disparate characters and giving us the only possible conclusion.

I read this EARC courtesy of Atria Books and Edelweiss. pub date 11/05/19
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This kept me reading until the very end. When a Nazi doctor who is believed to be dead is seen walking the streets Aaron is left to bring justice to this Nazi criminal. I was on the edge of my seat with this book. I couldn't put it down. I highly recommended this book.

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy free of charge. This is my honest and unbiased opinion of it.
Mary Rounds
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am not good at reviews, but I can say I really enjoyed this book. It is probably one of the best spy, and WWII Nazi hunter stories I have read. The author writes in a very easy to read style that keeps you wanting to read and also, disappointed when it ends. I have read two other Joseph Kanon books, and I intend to read more of them after reading this story.
Larry Fontenot
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Kanon usually writes with a sure hand, a sense of history and great intensity. This book is no different, but I found parts of it straining my credulity. I was really offended by how quickly the pursuit turned romantic, and some of the plot grew a bit over the top. Still, I liked the elements of pursuits of a Nazi in Argentina. The ending seemed a bit contrived, although exciting.
Donna Herrick
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This well crafted thriller has a fine plot and some interesting characters. It posits a couple of deep questions - What is justice for a crime against humanity? and What are the limits to using monstrous people to do things for the national good? Neither question is probed deeply enough in this books to help clarify my thinking, but I am grateful that the questions are probed at all. Enjoy.
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