The Alphabet House

The Alphabet House

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In the tradition of Alan Furst, the #1 international bestselling author delivers his first stand-alone novel, a psychological thriller set in World War II Nazi Germany and 1970s England British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front. In a moment of desperation, they throw two patients off the train and take their places, hoping they can escape later. But their act is too convincing and they end up in the Alphabet House, a mental hospital located far behind enemy lines, where German doctors subject their patients to daily rounds of shock treatments and experimental drugs. The pilots only hope of survival is to fake insanity until the war ends, but their friendship and courage are put to the ultimate test when James and Bryan realize they aren t the only ones in the Alphabet House feigning madness. Millions of fans around the world and in this country know Adler-Olsen for his award-winning Department Q series. His first stand-alone, "The Alphabet House," is the perfect introduction for those who have yet to discover his riveting work."show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 33.02mm | 589.67g
  • Dutton Books
  • English
  • Translation
  • 0525954899
  • 9780525954897
  • 1,211,961

About Jussi Adler-Olsen

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's #1 crime writer and "New York Times"bestseller with his Department Q series. His books have sold more than fifteen million copies around the world and have many prestigious crime-writing awards, including the Glass Key Award, also won by Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbo, Stieg Larsson, and Peter Hoeg."show more

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Praise for THE ALPHABET HOUSE "Adler-Olsen meticulously constructs the Alphabet House...and the stomach-turning evils of Nazi culture to create a pitch-perfect thriller atmosphere." -- "Booklist" "This is a suspense/thriller to beat them all. Not only does it offer action, but readers will start waiting for the rabbit to jump out of the hat and change everything." -- "Suspense Magazine" Praise for Jussi Adler-Olsen and the Department Q novels: "Adler-Olsen merges story lines...with ingenious aplomb, effortlessly mixing hilarities with horrors...This crime fiction tour de force could only have been devised by an author who can even turn stomach flu into a belly laugh." -- "Publishers Weekly "(starred review) on "The Purity of Vengeance" "[A] sordid tale... inspired by actual events during a dark period of Danish history. Ah, but there is more, so much more in this frenzied thriller..." -- "The New York Times Book Review "on" The Purity of Vengeance" "When your series relies on cold cases, it's not always easy to craft plots that have both historical interest and an air of urgency, but it's something Adler-Olsen is very good at." -- "Booklist "on""The Purity of Vengeance"" "This series has enough twists to captivate contemporary mystery readers and enough substance and background to entertain readers with historical and literary tastes." --"Library Journal "(starred review) "Plan on putting everything else in your life on hold if you pick up this book." -- "The Oregonian "on "The Keeper of Lost Causes"show more

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4,313 ratings
3.6 out of 5 stars
5 21% (902)
4 36% (1,552)
3 29% (1,251)
2 11% (466)
1 3% (142)
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