“Fascinating…unexpected twists and turns with insights into Cohn and McCarthy that will keep readers engaged to the last page. Five stars.” -Andrew J. Heller, Gray Tide in the East: An Alternate History of the First World War
Working with Roy Cohn will bring him untold success. It’ll only cost him his conscience.
Benny Peskin is a bright young lawyer drawn into the orbit of Roy Cohn, the most shockingly sensational lawyer in New York. It’s the dawn of the McCarthy Era and everyone’s looking for “Reds under their Beds” when Cohn, now an attorney for the Southern District of New York, hires Benny. Rather than merely getting his feet wet, Benny proves his mettle and aids Cohn in the trial of the century: the prosecution of the notorious atomic spies Ethel Rosenberg and her brother, David Greenglass. Thanks to his work, Benny earns the opportunity to join Cohn again, this time in working for “Tail-Gunner Joe”, the scourge of communists, Senator Joe McCarthy, in Washington D.C. However, far from his original vision of catching communists in the act, Benny finds himself faced with a choice of developing his conscience or losing the love of a gifted and passionate reporter for the Washington Post.
A Time for Lies is the second book in Cy Stein’s Alternate History series, America. Read as a standalone novel, or enjoy it as a sequel.