THE ENEMY WITHIN
A dark, yet fascinating tale, The Enemy Within gives readers an intriguing look at what could have happened in 1964 New York. But readers will probably want to view the characters and the corrupt government, with its unappealing members, as heavily fictionalized. The ending is rather disappointing.
Five bodies. Five murders. NYPD Detective O’Reilly wonders if they are connected, and it’s soon proven they are — one victim is J. Edgar Hoover and another is his close companion, Tolson. FBI agent Francis Bryce is sent to suppress the details of the murders and begin his investigation. What he discovers is unsettling: The killer could be an FBI agent — one he knows well. Something Bryce did to him makes him feel partially responsible for what has happened. There are others in the government who see Hoover’s death as a threat and move quickly to take control of the secret files he kept. (WMG, Apr., 290 pp., $18.99)