Praise for The Letter Writer
Intelligent . . . Fesperman shows a skilled hand at creating the detail of wartime New York the vitality of the German Yorkville section, the hysteria following the bombing of the luxury liner the Normandie, the influence of mobster Meyer Lansky. . . . The likable and well-drawn [protagonist] will go over well with readers, especially those fond of historicals.
Fesperman s troop of characters, historic and fictional, makes New York come alive with conspiracy and mystery. . . . A Sherlock-like creation . . . the story kicks into thriller overdrive. Fesperman gives us a well-crafted novel steeped in the politics and street life of the 1940s New York, and in the letter writer, he s created a character who will stay with you long after the last shot is fired.
The WWII alliance between the Mafia and the U.S. government has been explored in crime fiction before . . . but never in such compelling fashion as Fesperman does here. . . . What makes this novel shine is the way Fesperman combines it with the mobsters-as-patriots angle and with the rich character of the letter writer. A multifaceted mix of mystery and historical fiction.
Bill Ott, Booklist
Praise for previous books from Dan Fesperman
Fesperman [is] one of the most talented of the new generation of American spy writers. . . . The future of the spy novel is in safe hands.
Geoffrey Wansell, The Daily Mail
You come away from a Fesperman novel not only abuzz with the exhilaration of the chase, but also aware that you ve absorbed something of the complexity of the world s conflicts.
Charles Matthews, San Francisco Chronicle
Oh, Mr. Fesperman put journalism behind you. You re too good a [novel] writer.
Harry Levins, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Fesperman is a skillful, unpretentious writer who deftly incorporates his extensive knowledge of the period.
Anna Mundow, Boston Globe
Mr. Fesperman is honing the genre of intelligent political thrillers. Foreign correspondents should note: they now have some new standards to match.
Fesperman is the most dependably entertaining, politically engaged writer you may never have heard of.
Doug Childers, Richmond Times-Dispatch"show more