Hidden Among Us
As the threat of war looms in Europe, the shadow game of espionage has come to America, and Martin Schuller knows it. While most Americans go about their daily lives oblivious to any threat from abroad, Martin’s work at the State Department’s counter-intelligence office keeps them safe, sometimes going undercover to catch a Nazi spy hidden among them. But then an anticipated bust at the rally of the German American Bund in February 1939 results in Martin’s mistaken arrest by the FBI, frustrating his efforts to identify the head of a Nazi cell in the United States, code-named Der Skilaufer.
Martin is set on a collision course with FBI Special Agent Reginald Sloan, who seems to interfere with Martin’s investigation at every turn. Meanwhile, Martin’s marriage is falling apart—his wife Becky, unhappy in Washington, resents his absences for undercover work. Can he keep the career he loves without losing his family, or being pushed aside by the FBI? As war looms on the horizon, can Martin identify Der Skilaufer before he compromises a secret American military project?
Book One in the Martin Schuller Spy Catcher series, Hidden Among Us shapes Martin’s character and alters the course of his life. Hidden Among Us is part mystery, part spy thriller, which will appeal to fans of David Downing’s Station series, or Luke McCallin’s Gregor Reinhardt series.
Coming June 2018, anywhere books are sold.
302 pages; 80,000 words.
Oliver Carmichael loves his life in Paris in 1940, playing in a jazz band at a night club, and enjoying the freedom and intellectual stimulation of his bohemian set of friends. His happiness is tempered by unresolved feelings for his ex-fiancée, Lisette, especially after he sees her with another man in his club.
His carefree lifestyle is further disrupted when the Germans march into Paris, and several of his friends join the resistance. When an Information Officer from the American Embassy, Frank Dryden, asks Oliver to keep tabs on his friends’ resistance activities, Oliver is torn. What is the best way to help his friends? What is the right thing to do?
Set in German-occupied Paris during World War II, Gray Paree is about an American expat’s struggle to reconcile with the love of his life, help his French friends resist tyranny, and do what is right.
Gray Paree is connected to my novel The Swiss Conspiracy by a shared character.
The Swiss Conspiracy
Someone is killing Swiss colonels, and painting a hammer and sickle at the scene. When Dr. Fritz Rubenstein, a physicist in Zurich, is gunned down in his office, the only clue is a letter in his trash can requesting assistance for the French Resistance. The U.S. government suspects a deeper plot, and Martin Schuller is sent to Switzerland to go undercover and find out.
As World War II rages all around, Switzerland is an island of serenity. Delving beneath the serene appearance of Swiss society, Martin finds a secretive world of right-wing organizations, idealistic student activists, banks full of Nazi gold, and competing foreign agents. Switzerland in the fall of 1941 is not what it appears. With the help of Franz Lemiel, a world-wise artist and activist, and Jason Bachman, an eager young American diplomat, Martin discovers a conspiracy to bring down the entire Swiss government in one dramatic event. Can he stop the conspirators from carrying out their attack, and changing the entire course of the war?
Book Three in the Martin Schuller Spy Catcher series.