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The Crook Factory Simmons, Dan/ Lawlor, Patrick (NRT) 1 of 1
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Format:  CD
ISBN-10: 1455810460
ISBN-13: 9781455810468
Sku: 219893211
Publish Date: 6/7/2011
Pages:  2
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At the height of World War II, the famous writer Ernest Hemingway sought permission from the U.S. government to operate a spy ring out of his house in the Cuban countryside. This much is true...It is the summer of ?42 and FBI agent Joe Lucas has come to Cuba at the behest of J. Edgar Hoover to keep an eye on Hemingway. The great writer has assembled a ragtag spy ring that he calls the ?Crook Factory? to play a dangerous game of amateur espionage. But then Lucas and Hemingway, against all the odds, uncover a critical piece of intelligence ? and the game turns deadly.In The Crook Factory, award-winning author Dan Simmons expands a little-known fact into a tour de force of gripping historical suspense set in the sensual Cuban landscape of the early 1940s.
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In this thriller by Simmons, who mostly writes science fiction and horror, Ernest Hemingway is rather gung-ho to enter the spy game after the success of "For Whom the Bell Tolls". Living in Havana in the early 1940s, Hemingway meets up with an FBI agent, and together, against a backdrop of international intrigue and jet-setters, they search for Nazi submarines.
Author Bio
Dan Simmons
Following his graduation from Washington University in St. Louis in 1971, Dan Simmons moved to Colorado and taught elementary school for many years, while trying and failing to get his fiction published. In 1981 he attended a course for beginning writers taught by the writer and critic Harlan Ellison. At Ellison's urging, Simmons submitted a story to an unpublished writers competition. The story, "The River Styx Runs Upstream", won the contest and, on the same day it was published in Twilight Zone magazine--February 15, 1982--his first child was born. In 1985, his debut novel, SONG OF KALI, a grim horror novel set in the backstreets of Calcutta, won the prestigious World Fantasy Award. Since then, Simmons has racked up an impressive collection of other awards, including the Hugo Award, Locus Reader's Poll Awards, the British Fantasy & Science Fiction Award, and four Bram Stoker Awards. His masterpiece, THE HYPERION CANTOS, a massive work inspired by the works of John Keats and structurally based on Chaucer's CANTERBURY TALES, is credited in many quarters with single-handedly rescuing the sf sub-genre of "space opera" from the disrepute into which it had fallen. THE HYPERION CANTOS is a classic work of science fiction that many fans speak of in favorable comparison to works like Frank Herbert's DUNE series, and, along with its sequel ENDYMION, it is one of the most important works of science fiction written since 1970. Splitting his writing between epic science fiction and spectacularly dense, complex horror novels, Simmons is a genre-straddling author who will undoubtedly remain a powerful force in both fields, even when his work comes to be accepted outside of the constraints of genre fiction.

Praise

Locus
"You want to see an impressive chunk of imaginative construction and fictive exploration? A major writer sweating with tropical heat, but creating a major work with deceptively smooth effort? THE CROOK FACTORY is definitely a novel from all seasons." - Edward Bryant April 1999

Bloomsbury Review
"Capturing a historical persona within the confines of a novel is no easy task. But Simmons does an incredible job. Readers will come away from the tale feeling as if they actually plifies the sort of fiction that Hemingway held in high esteem: writing that is truer than true. Like a firehouse dog chasing a red truck, THE CROOK FACTORY moves at a fast clip. Part literary thriller, part homage to "Papa," Simmons has written a novel that would make Hemingway himself smile with pride." - Dorman T. Shindler July 1999

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