Andrew Gross: The Fifth Column

The Book Stall welcomes back Andrew Gross, just one day after the publication of his new book, The Fifth Column, a tense thriller of a family torn apart, set against the backdrop of a nation plunged into war. Mr. Gross will be joined in conversation by our own Jon Grand. This event is free and open to the public, and recommended for our readers who enjoy thrillers and historical fiction. We ask that you purchase The Fifth Column from The Book Stall if you intend on entering the book-signing queue

About the Book:

February, 1939. Europe teeters on the brink of war. In New York City, twenty-two thousand cheering Nazi supporters pack Madison Square Garden for a raucous, hate-filled rally. In a Hell's Kitchen bar, Charles Mossman is reeling from the loss of his job and the demise of his marriage when a group draped in Nazi flags barges in. Drunk, Charlie takes a swing at one, with tragic results, and a torrent of unintended consequences follows.

Two years later. America is wrestling with whether to enter the growing war. Charles's estranged wife and six-year-old daughter, Emma, now live in a quiet brownstone in the German-speaking New York City neighborhood of Yorkville, where support for Hitler is common. Charles, just out of prison, struggles to put his life back together, while across the hall from his family, a kindly Swiss couple, Trudi and Willi Bauer, have taken a liking to Emma. But Charles begins to suspect that they might not be who they say they are.

As the threat of war grows, and fears of a "fifth column"--German spies embedded into everyday life--are everywhere, Charles puts together that the seemingly amiable Bauers may be part of a sinister conspiracy. When Pearl Harbor is attacked and America can no longer sit on the sideline, that conspiracy turns into a deadly threat with Charles the only one who can see it and Emma, an innocent pawn.

About the author:

Andrew Gross is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of several novels, including No Way BackEverything to Lose, and One Mile Under. He is also co-author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard. His books have been translated into over 25 languages. He lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife, Lynn. They have three children.

Event date: 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
The Fifth Column: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250180001
Availability: On Our Shelves to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: Minotaur Books - September 10th, 2019

“One of the best historical thriller authors in the business... [A] stellar novel.” —Associated Press

#1 New York Times bestselling author of The One Man Andrew Gross once again delivers a tense, stirring thriller of a family torn apart set against the backdrop of a nation plunged into war.