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The new high-concept thriller from the number one bestselling author of The Righteous Men and The Last Testament. Tom Byrne has fallen from grace since his days as an idealistic young lawyer in New York. Now he'll work for anyone -- as long as the money's right. So when the United Nations call him in to do their dirty work, he accepts the job without hesitation. A suspected suicide bomber shot by UN security staff has turned out to be a harmless old man: Tom must placate the family and limit their claims for compensation. In London, Tom meets the dead man's alluring daughter, Rebecca, and learns that her father was not quite the innocent he seemed. He unravels details of a unique, hidden brotherhood, united in a mission that has spanned the world and caused hundreds of unexplained deaths. Pursued by those ready to kill to uncover the truth, Tom has to unlock a secret that has lain buried for more than 60 years -- the last great secret of the Second World War. Key title / Sam Bourne's debut novel,The Righteous Men, was chosen as one of Richard and Judy's Summer Reads 2006, and hit number one in the Sunday Times bestseller list / His second novel, The Last Testament, has sold over 250,000 copies in the UK alone and author has been hailed as 'the biggest challenger to Dan Brown's crown' by the Mirror / Sam Bourne is the pseudonym of award-winning journalist and broadcaster Jonathan Freedland / Supported by a massive multi-media consumer marketing campaign, The Final Reckoning is guaranteed to be a summer smash hit / Competition: Dan Brown, Harlan Coben, Kate Mosse

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Sam Bourne is the pseudonym of Jonathan Freedland, an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. He has written a weekly column for the Guardian since 1997, having previously served as the paper's Washington correspondent. In the annual What the Papers Say Awards of 2002 Jonathan Freedland was named Columnist of the Year. His first novel, 'The Righteous Men,' was a Number 1 bestseller in the UK. He lives in London with his wife and their two children

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British author Bourne (the pseudonym of Jonathan Freedland) wisely eschews another foray into Da Vinci Code territory, like The Righteous Men or The Last Testament, in this solid suspense novel focused on the recent past. Former U.N. lawyer Tom Byrne gets an early morning phone call from his old boss, Henning Munchau, who wants Tom back for one more job. A guard at the U.N. building has just shot a suspected terrorist who was thought to be a suicide bomber, except it turns out that this supposed terrorist is Gerald Merton, a 77-year-old Lithuanian Holocaust survivor who as a child fought the Nazis as part of the Jewish underground. When Byrne investigates, he finds that Merton is not as innocent as he appears, and that his visit to the U.N. concerns a great secret that spans the years from the end of WWII to the present. Happily, Bourne has tightened up his writing and toned down the feverish pace and purple prose of his earlier work. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Warned of a possible terrorist targeting the United Nations building in New York City, a security guard shoots a possible suspect only to discover that he was a senior citizen, Gerald Merton, visiting from London. Working swiftly to avert a media scandal, the UN legal counsel brings in a former employee from their department, Tom -Byrne, to shadow the NYPD's lead investigator, Jay Sherrill. Tom is sent to London to smooth things over with Merton's bereaved daughter, Rebecca. Then Jay discovers that Gerald may not have been as innocent as originally thought. As Tom and Rebecca quickly discover her father's past involvement with a covert group of Holocaust survivors, they become targets for those who would do anything to protect their secrets. VERDICT By alternating between the past and the present, Bourne (The Righteous Men), aka British journalist Jonathan Freedland, has crafted a dark and intensely gripping thriller that vividly captures the emotional maelstrom and physical destruction of World War II Europe. His latest will stay with readers long after they have closed the book.-Joy Gunn, Henderson Libs., NV (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Praise for Sam Bourne: 'The biggest challenger to Dan Brown's crown ! a highly charged, theologically accurate tale' Mirror 'Compulsive reading ! successfully blends ancient teachings with the highly charged ways of the 21st century ! bears all the hallmarks of a blockbuster' Daily Express 'The best thriller I've read in years' Piers Morgan 'More readable than The Da Vinci Code -- the sense of menace is darker and the characters more believable' Esquire 'Sharper and vastly more authoritative than Dan Brown' Telegraph 'A gripping read' Guardian 'Immensely diverting ! a pacy read, constructed with a crisp control of tension and narrative drive' Observer

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