bk. 1. On the brink of the precipice -- bk. 2. From the depths I call you -- bk. 3. The cattle cars are waiting, 1942-1944.
After failing to come home after work one night, Tim begins looking for his seventeen year old daughter only to discover that no one at her work has ever met her. Tims normal life is thrown upside-down when he realizes he didn't know his daughter as well as he thought, and the suburban Connecticut town where he lives has a much darker side.
On the eve of World War II, Dr. Franz Adler, an Austrian Jew and renowned surgeon, is swept up in the wave of anti-Semitic violence washing over Vienna and flees to Shanghai with his daughter. There, at a Shanghai refugee hospital, Franz meets and falls in love with an enigmatic nurse, Soon Yi "Sunny" Mah. When the Japanese ally themselves militarily with Germany and overrun Shanghai, Adler struggles to keep the refugee hospital open while protecting his own family and trying to save the city's Jewish community from a terrible fate.
Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can't imagine--a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love. Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her "How did you get to be the woman you are today?"
"The 16th Amendment to the Constitution legalized federal income tax, but what if there were problems with the 1913 ratification of that amendment? Problems that call into question decades of tax collecting, and could even bring down the US economy... His protagonist, Cotton Malone, once a member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department known as the Magellan Billet, is now retired. But when his former boss, Stephanie Nelle, asks him to track a rogue North Korean who may have acquired some top secret Treasury Department files the kind that could bring the United States to its knees. Malone is vaulted into a harrowing twenty-four-hour chase that begins on the water in Venice and ends in the remote highlands of Croatia. With appearances by Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, and a curious painting that still hangs in the National Gallery of Art, Steve Berry's trademark mix of history and suspense is 90% fact and 10% exciting speculation, a provocative thriller that poses a dangerous question. What if the federal income tax is illegal?"--Publisher.