Dry Bones

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Fintan Dunne, the detective at the center of The Man Who Never Returned and Hour of the Cat, is back in this spellbinding story of an ill-fated OSS mission into the heart of the Eastern front and its consequences more than a decade after the war's end. As the Red Army continues its unstoppable march toward Berlin in the winter of 1945, Dunne and his fellow soldier Dick Van Hull volunteer for a dangerous drop behind enemy lines to rescue a team of OSS officers trying to abet the Czech resistance. When the plan ...
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Fintan Dunne, the detective at the center of The Man Who Never Returned and Hour of the Cat, is back in this spellbinding story of an ill-fated OSS mission into the heart of the Eastern front and its consequences more than a decade after the war's end. As the Red Army continues its unstoppable march toward Berlin in the winter of 1945, Dunne and his fellow soldier Dick Van Hull volunteer for a dangerous drop behind enemy lines to rescue a team of OSS officers trying to abet the Czech resistance. When the plan goes south, Dunne and Van Hull uncover a secret that will change both of their lives. Years later, Dunne is drawn back into the shadowy realm of Cold War espionage in an effort to clear his friend's good name and right an injustice so shocking that men would, quite literally, kill to keep it quiet.

A literary thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end, Dry Bones completes the trilogy started in Hour of the Cat. Peter Quinn has crafted yet another smart and stylish historical mystery, following his longtime hero from the last gasp of the Third Reich to the heady days of the Cuban revolution. Quinn's signature prose--which Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt described as "spare but passionate, wry but loving"--shines once again throughout. New York Times bestselling author James Patterson credits Quinn with "perfecting, if not actually creating, a genre you could call the history-mystery." Blending fact and fiction into a thoroughly compelling whole, this is Quinn at his very best.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/02/2013
A botched OSS operation propels Quinn’s well-constructed third thriller featuring Fintan Dunne (after 2010’s The Man Who Never Returned). Near the end of WWII, an assignment on the Eastern Front has Dunne attempting to contact Resistance fighters in Slovakia. When things go south, Dunne catches typhus and breaks an ankle. Soon afterwards, he learns from an Auschwitz survivor about ghastly experiments at that camp by a doctor nicknamed “the Blue Devil.” Thirteen years later, Dunne has settled into a career as a PI, helping to run a large firm in New York City. Slowly, however, his past creeps up on him. When Turlough Bassante, a brilliantly eccentric colleague from Dunne’s days with the OSS, resurfaces with information about the Blue Devil, Dunne pursues the connections between the Nazi war criminal and the American intelligence community. Brilliantly researched, the book’s only weakness is a halting pace that at times renders exciting plot details perplexing. Agent: Robin Straus, Robin Straus Agency. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-10-06
Quinn's final installment in a spy trilogy that began with Hour of the Cat (2005) and The Man Who Never Returned (2010) sends New York PI Fintan Dunne on a secret wartime mission to Slovakia to rescue OSS officers from the last gasps of Nazi aggression. Dunne and his deceptively tough partner, the poetry-spouting banker's son Dick Van Hull, barely escape Slovakia, where nothing is as it was described. A slippery chain of events exposes them to Dr. Karsten Heinz, a war criminal whose grave offenses include supervising gruesome experiments on concentration camp victims. Not only does Heinz avoid conviction, he appears to be among the many Nazi scientists and technicians being imported by the U.S. government to aid in the fight against communism. That men who were employed by Hitler to help kill millions would be awarded new careers in America is, says an outraged OSS officer, "the greatest danger we face...becoming the enemy we oppose." Jump to 1958. Working for a high-profile Manhattan security firm (complete with a smart and beautiful office assistant), Dunne comes across coded instructions to meet an OSS crony who has crucial information about Heinz's whereabouts. More old friends and foes emerge from the shadows, while Van Hull, now a drunken shadow of his old self, remains hidden with a secret of his own. Quinn writes with elegant restraint; he's a master of tone and a deft orchestrator of people and events. His portrayal of Wild Bill Donovan, controversial head of the OSS, is but one of his sure-handed transformations of reality to fiction. Gripping up to the end, the book--which takes its title from the old spiritual about everything being connected--will send readers who were new to Quinn back to his other books in the series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468307368
  • Publisher: Overlook Hardcover
  • Publication date: 10/31/2013
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 650,399
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author


Peter Quinn is the author of Hour of the Cat, The Man Who Never Returned, Looking for Jimmy, and The Banished Children of Eve, all available from Overlook. He has worked as a speechwriter for New York governors Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo, and as the Editorial Director for Time Warner. He is a third generation New Yorker whose grandparents were born in Ireland.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    This is a terrific novel, a blend of historical and mystery fict

    This is a terrific novel, a blend of historical and mystery fiction centered on events at the end of World War II and their consequences. Don't be fooled by the surface. Peter Quinn's detective, Fintan Dunne, comes from a long line of shrewd, rich figures in American detective novels, icons like Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. But Quinn's ambitions are much larger than the classic mysteries; he's writing about the extreme excesses of Nazi Germany, about eugenics and mass murder, and how ordinary people tried to cope with what they were learning. And then there's how the manner in which WWII ended led to the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. This is a big book and a compelling read. You won't be able to put it down.

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