Petit, Chris. The Human Pool. Atria Books, October, 2002. c384p. ISBN 0-7434-1706-2. $25.00. Fiction.

Petit’s third thriller (after The Psalm Killer and Back from the Dead) switches between two different eras. Both worlds are described as seen by several narrators, most notably (for the present) journalist Vaughn, and (for the past and present) Joe Hoover, a former OSS agent. While Vaughn researches neo-Nazis for a documentary film maker, Hoover has been called to Frankfurt by Karl-Heinz Strasse, a former Nazi who had ties to spymaster Allen Dulles (later director of the CIA). The reason for Hoover’s visit is the possible reappearance of a Swiss courier long thought dead, a man who arranged transport to freedom for Jews and then possibly betrayed them. Underlying this complex scenario is a web of corruption that ties Dulles wartime activities to German pharmaceutical giant, I.G. Farben, and ultimately to chemical experiments being carried out today on Kurdish orphans. A seamless and intricate interweaving of past and present, and of characters real and fictional, this is recommended for popular fiction collections where spy thrillers are popular.

LJ, 127, no. 16 (October 1, 2002), 129.

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