Set during World War II, the novel revolves around a ruthless German spy known as 'The Needle' due to his preference for a stiletto as his killing tool. His mission is to uncover the Allies' invasion plans and relay them to Hitler, potentially changing the course of the war. However, his plans are threatened when he becomes stranded on an isolated island with a young, lonely woman and her disabled husband, leading to a tense game of cat and mouse.
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This book is on the following lists:
- 21st on Top 100 Killer Thrillers (NPR)
- 25th on The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time (Mystery Writers of America)
- The 100 Best Books in the World (AbeBooks.de (in German))
- 100 Novels That Shaped Our World (BBC)