Los Alamos

Joseph Kanon’s debut novel, Los Alamos, is an interesting mix of history, murder, mystery, and love story. Set against the backdrop of the development of the atomic bomb, Kanon weaves a narrative that manages to surprise and keep the reader guessing as to who the real culprit is. Add to the mix a dash of sex, political intrigue, and the pressured suspense inherent to the race to finish the project and to protect it from anything that may delay or jeopardize it, and the novel’s disparate pieces come together nicely. There were some pacing issues and red herrings that went on too long for me, but overall it was a promising debut novel.

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