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Eve Karlin's Latest Book: Track 61

Trust is risky.

Midnight, June 13, 1942: Peter Burger stands on a foggy beach, ears primed as a submarine hull scrapes the sandy sea bottom. He has endured seventeen months in a Gestapo prison and seventeen days on a Nazi U-boat only to have landed on American shores with six boxes of explosives and no escape.


After slipping into New York City, Peter finds himself at a massive military parade where he meets Grete Baum, a German-Jewish refugee grappling with loneliness and loss. Grete is drawn to Peter’s brooding vulnerability and the pair instantly bond. But as Grete uncovers the truth about Peter and his secret mission ten stories below Grand Central Terminal, she finds herself tackling moral decisions with life-threatening consequences.

Do national borders determine good and evil? Who is a hero, and who is a traitor?

Inspired by the Nazi saboteurs who landed in Amagansett, Long Island in the summer of 1942, Track 61 is a World War II spy thriller that seeks justice for those caught on the wrong side of history.


    Track 61 is based off the 2,967 page trial transcript from the Nazi Saboteur Military Tribunal, declassified in the 1960s, the lead saboteur’s memoir, Operation Pastorius: Eight Nazi Spies against America (1959), and Karlin’s own personal history.


    To this day, the morning of August 8, 1942 remains the largest mass execution of prisoners in the United States, as well as the fastest.


    The beach where the Nazi saboteurs first stepped onto American Shores was virtually in front of the house where Karlin grew up.


    On November 13, 2001, when President George W. Bush authorized the creation of a military tribunal to try those who assisted in the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, he relied extensively on the military tribunal established by FDR in 1942 to try the Nazi saboteurs, “Denying Certain Enemies Access to the Courts of the United States.” The men were wearing regular suits when arrested (not military uniforms) which could make them civilians to be tried in a civil court—or spies who deserved fewer rights than prisoners of war.


    Track 61 still exists today. Some believe it serves as a secret escape route for presidents visiting New York City and that an unmarked brass door on 49th Street next to the Waldorf-Astoria’s parking garage is proof that someone is still using the track.

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Eve Karlin's First Release: City of Liars and Thieves

Love, death, and Manhattan's first great murder mystery

A crime that rocked a city. A case that stunned a nation. Based on the United States' first recoreded murder trial, Eve Karlin's spellbinding debut novel recreates early nineteenth-century New York City, where a love affair ends in a brutal murdr and a conspiracy involving Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr erupts in shattering violence.


It is high time to tell the truth. Time for justice. . . . How she was murdered and why she haunts me. It is not only Elma's story, it's mine.

On the bustling docks of the Hudson River, Catherine Ring waits with her husband and children for the ship carrying her cousin, Elma Sands. Their Greenwich Street boardinghouse becomes a haven for Elma, who has at last escaped the stifling confines of her small hometown and the shameful circumstances of her birth. But in the summer of 1799, Manhattan remains a teeming cesspool of stagnant swamps and polluted rivers. The city is desperate for clean water as fires wreak devastation and the death toll from yellow fever surges.

Political tensions are rising, too. It's an election year, and Alexander Hamilton is hungry for power. So is his rival, Aaron Burr, who has announced the formation of the Manhattan Water Company. But their private struggle becomes very public when the body of Elma Sands is found at the bottom of a city well built by Burr's company.

Resolved to see justice done, Catherine becomes both witness and avenger. She soon finds, however, that the shocking truth behind this trial has nothing to do with guilt or innocence.


    Eve Karlin joins the Alibi family with her debut novel, which will delight and thrill mystery readers and lovers of New York City history along the lines of The Alienist and The Yard.


    This impressive debut is the result of years of research. Using court transcripts and contemporaneous news reports, Karlin has turned up amazing details that few others have reported on. Most spine-tinglingly: Five years before their infamous duel, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr teamed up to defend an accused killer, and the victim's cousin—our narrator—cursed them both: "If thee dies a natural death, I shall think there is no justice in heaven!"


    City of Liars and Thieves is based on a true story, and Elma's well still exists in the basement 4/28/15 MyHouse - Print myhouse/print.cfm 2/2 of a restaurant in Soho, which is said to be haunted by her ghost. It regularly appears on lists of the top haunted sites in New York, and articles about it have appeared.

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June 18



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