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The Enemy of My Enemy
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The Enemy of My Enemy
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Special agent James Cronley Jr. finds that fighting both ex-Nazis and the Soviet NKGB can lead to strange bedfellows, in the dramatic new Clandestine Operations novel about the birth of the CIA and the Cold War.
A month ago, Cronley managed to capture two notorious Nazi war criminals, but not without leaving some dead bodies and outraged Austrian police in his wake. He's been lying low ever since, but that little vacation is about to end. Somebody—Odessa, the NKGB, the Hungarian Secret Police?—has broken the criminals out of jail, and he must track them down again.
But there's more to it than that. Evidence has surfaced that in the war's last gasps, Heinrich Himmler had stashed away a fortune to build a secret religion, dedicated both to Himmler and to creating the Fourth Reich. That money is still out there in the hands of Odessa, and that infamous organization seems to have acquired a surprising—and troubling—ally.
Cronley is fast finding out that the phrase "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" can mean a lot of different things, and that it is not always clear which people he can trust and which are out to kill him.
Special agent James Cronley Jr. finds that fighting both ex-Nazis and the Soviet NKGB can lead to strange bedfellows, in the dramatic new Clandestine Operations novel about the birth of the CIA and the Cold War.
A month ago, Cronley managed to capture two notorious Nazi war criminals, but not without leaving some dead bodies and outraged Austrian police in his wake. He's been lying low ever since, but that little vacation is about to end. Somebody—Odessa, the NKGB, the Hungarian Secret Police?—has broken the criminals out of jail, and he must track them down again.
But there's more to it than that. Evidence has surfaced that in the war's last gasps, Heinrich Himmler had stashed away a fortune to build a secret religion, dedicated both to Himmler and to creating the Fourth Reich. That money is still out there in the hands of Odessa, and that infamous organization seems to have acquired a surprising—and troubling—ally.
Cronley is fast finding out that the phrase "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" can mean a lot of different things, and that it is not always clear which people he can trust and which are out to kill him.
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    [ONE]

    The White House

    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

    Washington, D.C.

    1415 8 April 1946

    A Secret Service agent in suit and tie opened the door to the Oval Office and announced, "Mr. President, Admiral Souers."

    "Show him in, then close the door," President Harry S Truman ordered. "No interruptions."

    Admiral Sidney W. Souers entered the room and stopped short of the coffee table in front of a couch. The stocky fifty-four-year-old was in his Navy Service Dress Blue woolen uniform, its sleeves near the cuffs bristling with gold braid. He had an intelligent face, with warm, inquisitive eyes, a headful of closely cropped graying hair, and a neatly trimmed mustache.

    "Mr. President."

    "You took your sweet time getting here, Sid."

    "Harry, I hung up the phone and walked out of my office. What's so urgent?"

    Truman picked up a sheet of paper from his desk and waved it angrily.

    Souers recognized it as the SIGABA message he had sent over hours earlier. He saw that the paper had his handwritten note at the top, which read "There's more to this. Let me know when you want to discuss-SWS."

    "These Nazi bastards escaping in Nuremberg," Truman blurted. "That's urgent and goddamn unacceptable."

    Truman's eyes went to the paper, scanning it:

    TOP SECRET

    URGENT

    DUPLICATION FORBIDDEN

    FROM: DIRECTOR DCI GERMANY

    0010 GREENWICH 8 APR 1946

    TO: DIRECTOR WASH DC

    1-COL M COHEN, CHIEF NUREMBERG TRIBUNAL CIC, INFORMS THAT BURGDORF AND VON DIETELBURG ESCAPED TRIBUNAL PRISON INFIRMARY 5 APR. COHEN SUSPECTS ODESSA INVOLVEMENT. ESCAPE HAS NOT, REPEAT, NOT BEEN MADE PUBLIC.

    2-COL WASSERMAN, CHIEF CIC VIENNA, REPORTS WALTER WANGERMANN, VIENNA POLICE CHIEF OF INTELLIGENCE, HAS INFORMED HIM BRUNO HOLZKNECHT, CHIEF OF POLICE

    SURVEILLANCE, IS MISSING AS OF 5 APR. WANGERMANN SUSPECTS DCI INVOLVEMENT. WASSERMAN SUSPECTS NKGB, MOSSAD, OR AVO INVOLVEMENT.

    3-CONSIDERING RECENT ACTIVITIES OF CRONLEY ET AL, UNDERSIGNED CONSIDERS DCI INVOLVEMENT IN NUREMBERG AND VIENNA INCIDENTS. AN INVESTIGATION WOULD BE ILL-ADVISED AND NO ACTION IN THAT REGARD HAS BEEN UNDERTAKEN.

    4-FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS WILL BE REPORTED AS THEY OCCUR.

    WALLACE, COL, DIRECTOR DCI GERMANY

    END

    TOP SECRET

    "And you say there's more?" Truman said, tossing the sheet back to the desktop. "Jesus! It's bad enough that this Odessa organization has been smuggling SS bastards out of Europe-and out of our grasp so we can't prosecute them-but now, when we finally grab two of Odessa's top leaders, they somehow snatch the sons of bitches from our prison? It's outrageous!"

    The President came out from behind his desk and walked to the couch.

    "Pour yourself a drink, Sid. While you're at it, pour one for me."

    "It's two o'clock in the afternoon."

    "Pour the drinks. You're going to need it," the President said, then sat down, and while Souers was retrieving a bottle of Haig & Haig scotch from the credenza, where it was concealed from public view, he picked up the telephone. "Get Justice Jackson for me," he ordered, then pushed the speaker button and put the telephone handset back in its cradle.

    When Truman had been a United States senator from Missouri, Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson would join him and Captain Souers, USNR, for dinner and drinks in Truman's apartment-away from the prying eyes, and ears, of the Washington establishment.

    Now, Truman had recently named the fifty-four-year-old Jackson-who had been FDR's attorney general before nominating him to serve on the Supreme Court-as chief U.S. prosecutor for the...
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  • Library Journal

    July 1, 2018

    Post-World War II, special agent James Cronley Jr. neatly entrapped two nasty Nazi war criminals. Now they've been whisked from prison--but by whom?--and Cronley must chase them down while also hunting the fortune Heinrich Himmler apparently hid to facilitate the founding of a Fourth Reich. The next Clandestine Operations novel, vivifying the advent of the CIA and the Cold War.

    Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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