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The First Sacrifice

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Assassinicomes the standalone sequel to the unforgettable suspense classic The Wind Chill Factor Twenty years have passed since John Cooper triggered a series of events that shattered the underground rise of the Fourth Reich. Unable to make peace with his own history, Cooper has submerged himself in the old films he plays at his Boston movie house until a message comes from his estranged sister in Germany . . . a plea for help. Her only child is missing. Cooper finds the Berlin of the nineties disturbingly familiar. The threat that was hidden twenty years ago is now out in the open neo-Nazi thugs roam the streets, murdering and terrorizing. And a charismatic leader has emerged to point the way to a great new Germany. He is Wolf Koller . . . and he is married to Cooper s sister. The search for his niece leads Cooper into a labyrinth of half-truths and veiled warnings and, ultimately, terrifying violence. For a new conspiracy exists in Germany, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Gifford, a master at building suspense . . . has written a worthy sequel to the novel that launched his career. Minneapolis Star Tribune"
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Thomas Gifford was the New York Times bestselling author of The Assassini, Praetorian, The Wind Chill Factor, and The First Sacrifice. The Wind Chill Factor won Putnam's prize for best first novel. Gifford also wrote under the names Thomas Maxwell and Dana Clarins. He was a graduate of Harvard University. Gifford died in his birthplace of Dubuque, Iowa, in 2000.


Twenty years ago John Cooper almost single-handedly shattered the underground rise of the Fourth Reich (The Wind Chill Factor, 1976). He now lives quietly in Boston, watching old movies in his theater, until he receives a plea for help from his estranged sister in Berlin, whose daughter is missing. Thus, Cooper heads back to Germany and into a maelstrom of murder and mayhem. Neo-Nazis roam the streets, and a billionaire industrialist named Wolf Koller-who just so happens to be married to Cooper's sister-offers a vision for a new, powerful Germany. Soon, Cooper and Koller are pitted against each other, for Lee Koller and her daughter are but pawns in Wolf's deadly game. Gifford has once again fashioned an absorbing, riveting, horrifyingly plausible tale. Readers looking for post-Cold War thrillers need look no further. Recommended for most fiction collections.-Dean James, Houston Acad. of Medicine/Texas Medical Ctr. Lib.

Gifford's sequel to The Wind Chill Factor again finds protagonist John Cooper up against a right-wing German plot for world domination. (Nov.)

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