The Odessa File Author:Frederick Forsyth By the author of Day of the Jackel. — The ODESSA of this title is not a city in Russia or a town in Texas but an acronym for the secret organization which has, with large measure of success, protected the identities and advanced the destinies od former members of Hitler's dreaded SS in and out of Germany since shortly before the end of World War ... more »II. One of the rare major defeats it has suffered came in the spring of 1964, when a packet of dossiers arrived anonymously at the Ministry of Justice in Bonn. How and why a once carefree young German free-lance journalist named Peter Miller came to send the packet is told in this brilliant new extrapolation from reality into terror. With Miller the reader enters a Nemisis pursuit that takes him from a sleety night in Hamburg to the cornering of his human prey in a snowbound eyrie in the Taunus Mountains. He will begin with the wearing diary of a survivor of the Riga, Latvia, extermination camp commended by SS Captain Eduard Roschmann (who earned his reputation as the "Butcher of Riga" by directly overseeing the slaughter of eighty thousand German and Austrian Jews between 1941 and 1944), and learn of Roschmann's many escapes and current involvement with a plant secretly designing CBW warheads to be rained on Israel from Egypt; he will meet Simon Wiesnthal, the real man who lives to track down Nazi war criminals, and the man known as Werwolf, who heads the sadistic Odessa inside West Germany; he will be imperiled by bomb and assassin, he will feel the iron of guilt and retribution strike into his very soul. Frederick Forsyth here spins a narrative web of tension and surprise, of death, triumph and vengeance. It is a web of even greater tensile strength and grander design than that of its world-famous predecessor.