Having cleared up the mystery of Stalin's death (Snow Wolf, 1996), Meade chronicles to chilling effect the rise and fall of a Fourth Reich led by Hitler's long-lost son. Joseph Volkmann, a British Army officer seconded to the Strasbourg-based DSE (the EU's multinational equivalent of the FBI) is tipped off by journalist Eries Kranz that her cousin's murder in Paraguay and the assassination of a right-wing political activist in Berlin may be linked to a smuggling scheme. Assigned to what he assumes is a drug case, Joe checks possible sources in Europe as well as South America. After being subjected to surveillance at every turn of his globe-trotting investigation and stumbling on a series of unsolved homicides throughout Germany, he realizes his brief involves far more than narcotics. Joe's suspicions are confirmed when an AsunciÂ¢n police captain with whom Joe's been working is slain in a shootout with aging fascists in Mexico City. Pressing on, Joe also learns that the contraband he's been tracking is bomb-grade uranium that a band of nco-Nazis plan to use as the centerpiece of a cunningly organized putsch fronted by Karl Schmeltz (the boy Hitler fathered by Geli Raubal and then ordered to Paraguay after her suicide). Deadly serious about their takeover of a Germany made restive by unemployment and the increasing incidence of foreign workers, the latter-day Hitlerites execute the Federal Republic's chancellor and take out the cabinet as well. With time running out and communications impossible, a desperate Joe joins forces with a patriotic terrorist named Wolfgang Lusch to storm a seemingly abandoned monastery on a snowbound mountain outside Munich, where Schmeltz and his co-conspirators have a fully operational missile (with a nuclear warhead) aimed at the heart of Berlin. Another literate and suspenseful thriller from an estimable storyteller who proves that beginner's luck had nothing to do with his impressive debut.