Kanon revisits some familiar themes: the impossibility of postwar justice and restitution after the greatest crime in history, the seamless absorption of Nazi functionaries into the new West Germany — sometimes with the US greasing the wheels of officialdom. There are echoes here of both The Odessa File and The Boys from Brazil. Weill’s anguished longing for his lost son and his Holocaust survivor’s guilt make heart-rending reading.... Buenos Aires in the 1960s, home to remnants of the Third Reich in exile, is brought chillingly to life. All this makes The Accomplice an engrossing read.
Joseph Kanon is on adventurous form in this, his ninth novel. With echoes of Hitchcock’s Notorious, the cat-and-mouse chase rattles along in telegraphic prose, but what lingers is the depiction of Buenos Aires’s surreal community of expatriate war criminals and the spare but chilling details of Schramm’s crimes.