On a chilly early morning walk on the wooded outskirts of Berlin, Emil Grimm finds the body of his neighbor, a fellow Stasi officer named Lothar, with a gunshot wound to the temple and a pistol in his right hand. Despite appearances, Emil suspects murder. If it were a few months earlier, he would have known just what to do. But now, as East Germany disintegrates, being a Stasi colonel is more of a liability than an asset. More troubling still is that Emil and Lothar were actively involved in a final clandestine mission. Now Emil must finish the job alone…
[A] well-paced thriller. . . . Fesperman accurately depicts the corrosive effect of life under a surveillance society, debasing both the watchers and the watched.
—The New York Times Book Review
Superb… Cold War-era spy fiction doesn’t get much better than this.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
An engrossing, deep-in-the-weeds thriller.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
—The Christian Science Monitor, “Ten Best Books of July”
Like its predecessors, it does not disappoint.
—The Wall Street Journal
Dan Fesperman is one of my favorite thriller writers, and Winter Work is a brilliant addition to his magnificent oeuvre.
—Mark Greaney, #1 NYT best-selling author
Named a NY Times Book Review’s “Editor’s Choice” selection
Featured on the NY Times Book Review’s weekly podcast – Listen NOw
Dan Fesperman, a former foreign correspondent for the Baltimore Sun, is the author of thirteen critically acclaimed novels of intrigue and suspense, books that draw upon his many experiences abroad. His novels have won two Dagger Awards from the UK Crime Writers Association, the Dashiell Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers, the Barry Award for Best Thriller, and have been selected as the year’s best mystery/thriller by USA Today. He lives just north of Baltimore.
Three of Dan’s novels have been shortlisted for Dagger awards by the UK’s Crime Writer’s association, with Lie in the Dark winning the John Creasey Dagger for best first novel (1999), and The Small Boat of Great Sorrows winning the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for best thriller (2003). The Warlord’s Son was shortlisted for the 2004 Steel Dagger for best thriller. The Prisoner of Guantánamo won the 2006 Hammett Award from the North American branch of the International Association of Crime Writers, while USA Today selected it as the best mystery/thriller novel of 2006. The Letter Writer was selected as one of 2016’s Top Ten Crime Novels by The New York Times.