The Bells of Hell
by Michael Kurland

Counter-intelligence agent Jacob Welker recruits a number of civilians to help foil a suspected terrorist attack by German spies in New York in 1938.

March, 1938. Otto Lehman arrives in New York on the S.S. Osthafen to be immediately confronted by two men with FBI badges . . . only, that isn’t his real name and the men aren’t with the FBI. The next day Lehman is found tied to a chair, beaten to death and naked, in an abandoned Brooklyn warehouse.

The sole witness to the crime, Andrew Blake, a homeless man struggling through the Great Depression, claims those responsible were speaking German. With the threat of the perpetrators being Nazis, President Roosevelt’s own covert counter-intelligence agent Jacob Welker is brought in to investigate.

Welker recruits Blake along with Lord Geoffrey Saboy, a British ‘cultural attache’, and his wife Lady Patricia, to help him to thwart a Nazi terrorist attack. But who exactly are the Nazis, what is their target and when will they strike?


“This thoroughly involving thriller stands proudly alongside Dan Fesperman's The Letter Writer (2016), Elmore Leonard's Up in Honey's Room (2007), and John Dunning's Two O'Clock, Eastern Wartime (2001), among others. Great stuff”

Booklist Starred Review

“An inherently riveting and deftly crafted political suspense/thriller of a novel by a master of the genre”

Midwest Book Review

“Don't miss this entry in the smartly structured historical series”

Library Journal on Who Thinks Evil

“An entertaining farrago”

Kirkus Reviews on Who Thinks Evil

“This latest in Kurland's novels about the notorious Professor Moriarty makes for fun reading. Calling Moriarty the hero of these books might stretch the meaning of hero . . . but he's a fine sleuth and sure makes for a compelling protagonist. Splendid stuff”

Booklist on Who Thinks Evil

“The fourth Moriarty novel by the prolific Kurland carries forward the never-ending franchise with authentic flavor”

Kirkus Reviews on The Empress of India

“Lots of Indian lore adds colorful background to this ‘seemingly impossible crime,’ before its satisfying resolution”

Publishers Weekly on The Empress of India

Michael Kurland

A native of New York City now living on California’s Central Coast, Michael Kurland served four years in a branch of Army Intelligence, both in the United States and in Europe. He is the author of over forty books, ranging from fantasy to mystery. He has been nominated for the Edgar award twice, for A Plague of Spies and The Infernal Device, the latter of which was also an American Book Award finalist. The first title in the Welker & Saboy series, The Bells of Hell, is also published by Severn House.

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