Fear Itself

Fear Itself

A Novel

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9781468307030
  • 432 Pages
  • Overlook Books
  • Adult


Set in the tense and uncertain years before World War II, Fear Itself follows Jimmy Nessheim, a young Special Agent in the fledgling FBI, as he goes undercover to infiltrate a new German-American organization known as the Bund. Ardently pro-Nazi, the Bund is conspiring to sabotage American efforts against Adolf Hitler. But it becomes increasingly clear that something far more sinister is at work, something that seems to lead directly to the White House. As Nessheim moves closer to the truth, an even more lethal plot emerges, one that could rewrite history.


"A stirring successor to Frederick Forsyth…a superlative thriller." — The Independent

"An elegant political thriller written with style and skill." — Daily Mail

"An intriguing story, well told." — Literary Review

"Fear Itself has very much the feel of a film noir, with plenty of post-Depression grit, intrigue, FBI politics, scheming socialites, eleventh-hour escapes, red herrings, dubious characters, and a general sense that nobody can be trusted. And if Nessheim is clueless at crucial times, if coincidences tend to happen, if a few threads are left hanging–still the vividly detailed setting, a tight pace, and well-researched glimpses of Hoover and William Stephenson provide an atmospheric and entertaining read." — Historical Novel Society

"[A] top-notch historical thriller…this intelligent page-turner will only whet reader’s appetites for more." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)