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"Wonderful...brilliantly realized...a gripping narrative."Iain Pears, New York Times bestselling author of An Instance of the Fingerpost

At the height of World War Two, the famous writer ErnestHemingway sought permission from the U.S. government to operate a spy ring out of his house in the Cuban countryside.This much is true...

It is the summer of '42, and FBI agent Joe Lucas has come to Cuba at the behest of J. Edgar Hoover to keep an eye on Hemingway.The great writer has assembled a ragtag spy ring that he calls the?Crook Factory? to play a dangerous game of amateur espionage.But then Lucas and Hemingway, against all the odds, uncovera critical piece of intelligence--and the game turns deadly.In The Crook Factory, award-winning author Dan Simmonsexpands a little-known fact into a tour de force of gripping historicalsuspense set in the sensual Cuban landscape of the early 1940s.In 1942, at the height of World War II, Ernest Hemingway sought permission form J. Edgar Hoover to operate a spy ring out of his ranch in Cuba. This much is true...

In a beautifully realized work of fierce originality, award-winning author DAN SIMMONS expands a little-known fact into a tour de force of historical suspense.

It is the summer of '42, and FBI agent Joe Lucas has come to Cuba at the behest of the Director to keep an eye on Ernest Hemingway, who has recklessly decided to play spy in the Caribbean. Lucas has been instructed to somehow gain the great writer's trust and friendship, but all the agent's cool intellect and training has left him unprepared to withstand the human whirlwind known as "Papa."

Hemingway has assembled a spy ring that he calls the "Crook Factory"--including an American millionaire, a twelve-year-old Cuban orphan, a Spanish jai alai champion, a priest, and a fisherman, among others--to play a dangerous game of amateur espionage. Then, against all odds, Hemingway uncovers a critical piece of intelligence, and the game turns deadly for himself, Lucas, and for untold innocents.

In THE CROOK FACTORY, Dan Simmons weaves an unforgettable tale of riveting suspense, peopled by larger-than-life characters who inhabit the sensual, intoxicating Cuban landscape of the 1940s. It is a novel of honor, passion and chilling conspiracy.

And it could very well have happened...In 1942, at the height of World War II, Ernest Hemingway sought permission form J. Edgar Hoover to operate a spy ring out of his ranch in Cuba. This much is true...

In a beautifully realized work of fierce originality, award-winning author DAN SIMMONS expands a little-known fact into a tour de force of historical suspense.

It is the summer of '42, and FBI agent Joe Lucas has come to Cuba at the behest of the Director to keep an eye on Ernest Hemingway, who has recklessly decided to play spy in the Caribbean. Lucas has been instructed to somehow gain the great writer's trust and friendship, but all the agent's cool intellect and training has left him unprepared to withstand the human whirlwind known as "Papa."

Hemingway has assembled a spy ring that he calls the "Crook Factory"--including an American millionaire, a twelve-year-old Cuban orphan, a Spanish jai alai champion, a priest, and a fisherman, among others--to play a dangerous game of amateur espionage. Then, against all odds, Hemingway uncovers a critical piece of intelligence, and the game turns deadly for himself, Lucas, and for untold innocents.

In THE CROOK FACTORY, Dan Simmons weaves an unforgettable tale of riveting suspense, peopled by larger-than-life characters who inhabit the sensual, intoxicating Cuban landscape of the 1940s. It is a novel of honor, passion and chilling conspiracy.

And it could very well have happened...

Synopsis:

In the summer of 1942, FBI agent Joe Lucas comes to Cuba at the behest of J. Edgar Hoover to keep an eye on Ernest Hemingway. The great writer has assembled a ragtag spy ring that he calls "the Crook Factory" to play a dangerous game of amateur espionage. But then Lucas and Hemingway uncover a critical piece of intelligence--and the game turns deadly.

About the Author

Dan Simmons is the author of the classic tale of terror Summer of Night, which Stephen King praised as "an American nightmare with scares, suspense, and a sweet, surprising nostalgia, one of those rare must-read books! Among Simmons's other works are the critically acclaimed suspense novels Darwin's Blade and The Crook Factory, Song of Kali, Carrion Comfort, Fires of Eden; the awardwinning Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, and their sequels, Endymion and The Rise of Endymion. A former teacher, Simmons makes his home in Colorado.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780380789177
Author:
Simmons, Dan
Publisher:
HarperTorch
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Suspense
Publication Date:
20000808
Binding:
Mass Market Paperbound
Language:
English
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
6.74x4.20x1.39 in. .60 lbs.

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Product details 592 pages HarperTorch - English 9780380789177 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In the summer of 1942, FBI agent Joe Lucas comes to Cuba at the behest of J. Edgar Hoover to keep an eye on Ernest Hemingway. The great writer has assembled a ragtag spy ring that he calls "the Crook Factory" to play a dangerous game of amateur espionage. But then Lucas and Hemingway uncover a critical piece of intelligence--and the game turns deadly.
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