Black Cross by Greg Iles. Dutton, 1995. First edition identified by number line ending in ‘1.’

Iles 2nd book, like his first, deals with Nazis. Except this time it’s actually a World War 2 thriller that is quite taut and very well written. You could already see his talent on display in this book, a well-rounded and mature adventure that preceded the chilling Mortal Fear.

Iles is also one of the better authors to hear in person. He’s funny, honest and pretty much answers anything, including how much he gets paid for each book. By all means see him if you get the chance.