China Lake by Anthony Hyde (1992, Hardcover)

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China Lake
by Anthony Hyde
Publisher:  Alfred A. Knopf
Copyright 1992
Book Club Edition

Anthony Hyde's first novel, The Red Fox, published in 1985, became an overnight international best-seller:  universally acclaimed, translated into a dozen languages, one of the most exciting debuts of its time.  Now he gives us his long-awaited new novel.  Relentlessly suspenseful, brilliantly told, China Lake firmly establishes him as a master of the thriller and as one of the most intelligent and inventive writers at work in the genre today.

In 1961, a young English scientist working at China Lake -- the top-secret U.S. Naval Weapons Center in the Mojave Desert -- is charged with passing secrets to the Soviets.  When an investigation reluctantly clears his name but finds no other suspect at hand, the incident is hushed up, locked behind a heavy door of bureaucratic embarrassment.  Now, twenty-five years later, that door is about to swing open again, and when it does, David Harper and Jack Tannis will be drawn inexorably across its threshold.

Harper and Tannis are China Lake alumni:  Harper, the accused scientist; Tannis, the naval intelligence officer instrumental in clearing Harper's name.  After the incident that forced them together, Harper returned to England to rebuild his life, while Tannis retreated to a solitary retirement close by the base.  Their lives have never intersected again -- until now, when each of them is surreptitiously contacted by a man who, though he jealously guards his identity, is quick to reveal his connection to their mutual past . . . and his intention to see them both dead.

Instantly, Harper and Tannis are on the run:  each in fear of his life; each desperate to uncover the long-buried information that might expose their pursuer and the secret he's hell-bent on protecting; each culling his own version if he truth from the startling clues strewn along a path that leads from the hidden precincts of the California desert, to the sleepy Welsh town that sits in the shadow of Britain's most heavily guarded defense establishment, to the former site, deep within the East German countryside. of the Nazi prison labor camp where the first ballistic missile was developed.  What Harper and Tannis discover -- about the man who wants them dead, about their own pasts, about the volatile combination of unshakable greed and shifting fealties that have brought them to this moment -- will send them back to the Mojave, to within shooting distance of China Lake, to the place where the roots of the intrigue that has kept them trapped in its web for a quarter of a century took hold eons and eons ago . . . .

In China Lake Anthony Hyde gives us an electrifying story, a masterful novel, a thriller of the first order.

Condition:  Used.  Hardcover.  Dust cover.  Pages are tanned and darkening from age.  Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper.  Dust cover and flaps are tanned from age.  Dust cover shows a bit of edge wear and tear and creasing.

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