By the acclaimed author of Fear Itself, a compelling thriller set in 1940s America on the eve of Pearl Harbor.
Autumn 1941: most of the world is at war. America is hovering on the brink.
Special Agent James Nessheim is stuck in Hollywood, working as an adviser to a studio making pro-FBI movies.
And then one his key informants, Japanese-American Billy Osaka, asks to see him urgently. But before they can meet, Osaka vanishes.
Nessheim’s search for Osaka takes him to a Mob-run gambling club, through the dense streets of LA’s Little Tokyo, from the seamy San Pedro docks to the hill-top ranch of a Communist sympathiser.
As Nessheim begins to unravel Osaka’s deadly secrets, he uncovers a chilling conspiracy to push America into the war.
But other people are looking for Osaka too, and are prepared to kill anyone who gets in their way. A lethal race is on.
“A thrilling storyline and vivid descriptions”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Andrew Rosenheim’s The Informant is a stylish, ingenious thriller. This is compelling and intelligent fiction, laden with tension and suspense.”
Jim Crace, author of this year's Booker long-listed novel, Harvest
“An elegant story . . . [it is] laced with fine period detail, awareness of the institutional duplicity of Hoover’s FBI and a fine ear for dialogue”
“The ghosts of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler loom large here, as do the classic films Chinatown and Casablanca, lending Rosenheim’s prose a velvety texture.”
“Andrew Rosenheim’s The Informant is a wonderfully intelligent and beautifully written historical thriller — I can’t wait for the next installment in the series!”
Max Byrd, author of The Paris Deadline and California Thriller
“Rosenheim was hailed by the Independent as the 'successor to Frederick Forsyth' and this is certainly a cool thriller, almost noir-like, shady and uncertain . . . The prose is taut and muscular, masculine even. It holds your attention and it's easy to turn the page.”