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1950. The Cold War simmers, and ex-GI Jack Waters is called in to investigate a fatal accident at a research lab in California.

When Waters recognizes the victim, he realizes he must revisit his hidden past in World War II to solve a murder and prevent Nazi scientists from creating a terrible, new weapon in America.

Blending noir detective fiction with post-WWII history, The Man from Mittelwerk builds from the facts of Operation Paperclip, the U.S. government’s secret recruitment of 1,600 top Nazi scientists, to pose a dark what-if scenario.

Advance Reviews

“A fast-paced, smart debut novel that blends noir and Lovecraftian elements. If you like J.J. Abram’s alternate history Overlord, this book is for you.”
—James Kestrel, Five Decembers

“The Man from Mittelwerk is a mind-bending thriller that will keep you turning pages.”
— D. Eric Maikranz, The Reincarnationist Papers

“A thrilling, at times devastating, sci-fi noir adventure that juxtaposes Nazi human experimentation against modern pursuits of power.”
— Tal M. Klein, The Punch Escrow

“A compelling page-turner with a chilling what-if scenario drawn from the truth.”
— Rick Mofina, USA Today bestselling author of Her Last Goodbye

“From the dark caves of a Nazi slave labor complex to sunny southern California, The Man from Mittelwerk delivers on all fronts. Snappy dialog, a fast-paced narrative, and complex moral questions all combine to make this hard-boiled thriller a winner.”
— James R Benn, author of the Billy Boyle WWII mysteries

“A fascinating blend of noir and cosmic horror focusing on a man seeking his brother, lost at war, while trying to hold on to the woman he loves.”
—Bev Vincent, author of The Road to the Dark Tower and The Stephen King Illustrated Companion


Twin brothers Michael and Zack Urlocker write under the name M. Z. Urlocker. Inspired by true stories of individuals in tumultuous times, they write fiction about the cold war, one of the strangest periods of history. They are inspired by the three-Ks of historical fiction, Philip Kerr (Berlin Noir), Joseph Kanon (The Good German) and James Kestrel (Five Decembers).

The book is slated for publication in September 2022.