The Losing Role (Paperback)
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 9781453855454, 242pp.
Publication Date: December 10, 2010
A German actor tries to escape a doomed secret mission. In the last winter of WWII a failed German actor, Max Kaspar, is forced to join an absurdly desperate secret mission in which he must impersonate an enemy American officer. So Max cooks up his own fanatical plan - he'll use his false identity to escape tyranny and war and flee to the America he'd once abandoned. The Losing Role is based on an actual false flag operation during 1944's Battle of the Bulge that's been made infamous in legend but in reality was a doomed farce. In all the tragic details and with some dark humor, this is the story of an aspiring talent who got in over his head and tried to break free. Part espionage thriller, part expatriate noir and the first book in the Kaspar Brothers series, The Losing Role is followed by Liberated: A Novel of Germany, 1945 - Max Kaspar is the older brother of German-American US Army captain Harry Kaspar in Liberated. The third novel in the series, Lost Kin, reunites the estranged Kaspar brothers in 1946 Munich.
About the Author
Steve Anderson is the author of the Kaspar Brothers series (The Losing Role, Liberated, Lost Kin), Under False Flags: A Novel, and other works centered on WWII and its aftermath. In The Other Oregon: A Thriller, he writes about his home state. Anderson was a Fulbright Fellow in Germany and is also a literary translator of German. He lives in Portland, Oregon.