Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One by Alex Kershaw

By Alex Kershaw

The best-selling writer of The Liberator brings to lifestyles the remarkable actual tale of an American medical professional in Paris, and his heroic espionage efforts in the course of international warfare II

The leafy street Foch, essentially the most unique residential streets in Nazi-occupied France, used to be Paris's hotbed of bold spies, murderous mystery police, amoral informers, and Vichy collaborators. So while American doctor Sumner Jackson, who lived together with his spouse and younger son Phillip at quantity eleven, chanced on himself drawn into the Liberation community of the French resistance, he knew the stakes have been impossibly excessive. simply down the line at quantity 31 used to be the "mad sadist" Theodor Dannecker, an Eichmann protégé charged with deporting French Jews to focus camps. And quantity eighty four housed the Parisian headquarters of the Gestapo, run through the best undercover agent hunter in Nazi Germany.

From his place of work on the American health facility, itself an epicenter of Allied and Axis intrigue, Jackson smuggled fallen Allied fighter pilots thoroughly out of France, a role advanced by means of the clinic director's shut ties to collaborationist Vichy. After witnessing the brutal round-up of his Jewish associates, Jackson invited Liberation to formally function out of his domestic at quantity 11--but the noose quickly started to tighten. while his mystery lifestyles was once came across via his Nazi pals, he and his relations have been compelled to undertake  a trip into the darkish center of the war-torn continent from which there has been little likelihood of return.

Drawing upon a wealth of fundamental resource fabric and vast interviews with Phillip Jackson, Alex Kershaw recreates the town of sunshine in the course of its darkest days. The untold tale of the Jackson kinfolk anchors the suspenseful narrative, and Kershaw dazzles readers with the bright immediacy of the easiest secret agent thrillers. Awash with the stressful surroundings of global conflict II's Europe, Avenue of Spies introduces us to the courageous health care professional who risked every little thing to defy Hitler.

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Two more bags scattered in the wind. Dowd was breaking any of a dozen department regulations, but he felt as desperate as the addict he was dealing with. By the time they reached the precinct, Joey’s stash was gone, but Dowd had his first glimpse of Jack Ferranti’s operations and how the arson had been arranged. Word on the street was that one of Jack’s cronies, Tommy “the Torch” Tocco, had been paid to burn the store, Joey said. When Dowd conducted a photo line-up with the Anthonys they identified Tocco as the man with the raspy voice who’d been lurking on the night of the fire.

In the days to come, he would learn that the fire marshals had made an even more critical misstep. The morning Lieutenant Williams died, teams of detectives and police patrol officers had fanned out around the area to question shopkeepers, neighbors, commuters, and pedestrians in search of clues. So as to leave no potential witness undiscovered, they’d even interviewed a woman dressed as “Mini the Clown,” whose job was to walk up and down the business strip and attract customers. But, incredibly, when the fire marshals had learned of a ridiculously obvious prime suspect, they’d set out to question him without telling Dowd or the NYPD.

The official police department policy calls for detectives to treat every murder equally. But in reality, the media, the police department, and the public treat some murders more equally than others, using a complex and inexact formula involving the victim’s class, race, gender, and ability to inspire a juicy tabloid headline. , are line-of-duty killings of police officers and firemen. “Grab ahold of this one,” Dowd’s sergeant told him. ” Yet by the time Dowd screeched to a stop at the fire scene, it was clear that the chase had already begun without him.

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