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Lewis M. Weinstein

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August 21, 1940




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Reading the reviews of my GR friends, and sometimes adding a comment, is a great way for me to start my day in a literary frame of mind. Then I turn to my own research and writing.

Peggy Hart says … “I loved this book! Tells a part of European history I knew little about. “The Heretic” explains the rationale of the Catholic Church used to persecute the Jews of Spain. Lessons for our own time.” Lew says … Thank you, Peggy. Now, on to the sequel … THE POPE’S CONSPIRACY! *** […] Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 4.19 · 104 ratings · 48 reviews · 5 distinct works · Similar authors
The Heretic
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 70 ratings — published 2000 — 6 editions
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The Pope's Conspiracy
4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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A Good Conviction
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Case Closed
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Description: I am in the process of researching and writing a novel which takes place during the Nazi years. My goal is to explore, through both Polish and German characters, how and why so many Germans came to support Hitler and his program of exterminating the Jews. The first section (about 200 pages) is now in draft form and has been read and commented on by several "early readers."
Hereje (2012) (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A Spanish edition of The Heretic
The Pope's Conspiracy (2012) (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Benjamin and Esther Catalan have escaped the Inquisition in Spain and are trying to rebuild their now openly Jewish lives in Florence, under the patronage of the most powerful man of the times, Lorenzo de Medici. Meanwhile, Pope Sixtus puts together plans to murder Lorenzo and his brother Giuliano. This is a lively, fast-paced adventure, including fascinating background details of Renaissance Florence and early printing.
The Heretic (published 2000) (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Set in Spain in the 15th century. The Catalan family, secret Jews who were forced to convert, struggle to survive the persecution of the Church in the years leading up to the Spanish Inquisition. Historical characters include Queen Isabel, King Fernando, and Torquemada. Gabriel Catalan and his son Tomas become the first printers in Spain, using methods just invented by Johann Gutenberg. There are two love affairs ... Gabriel and his wife Pilar ... Tomas and a young Jewish girl named Esther. Both women play major roles in the story. The Heretic received considerable praise as an exciting historical novel, and also as a powerful presentation of the manner in which the Catholic Church persecuted Jews over the centuries. Some of this praise came from Catholic leaders who recognize the sins of the past and saw The Heretic as a helpful teaching for those who are seeking a more tolerant future. Many Jewish leaders ... Elie Wiesel and Alan Dershowitz among them ... also praised The Heretic. The Heretic has been translated into Spanish and is scheduled to be published in Madrid in early 2012. The Heretic is available at amazon in trade paper and kindle editions.
Case Closed (published 2009) (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated Dec 10, 2011 06:43AM
Description: In the real world, the FBI announced, in August 2008, that Dr. Bruce Ivins, a U.S. government scientist, was the sole perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax attacks which had killed five persons and sent the country into panic. Conveniently, the man the FBI accused had committed suicide 8 days before. Thus the FBI never had to prove what seemed at the time (and even more so today) a case with no evidence, no witnesses, and no science. I listened to the FBI's announcement and it made me furious. So I wrote a novel presenting a fictional scenario of what might have happened and why the FBI failed to solve the case. Many readers, including a highly placed member of the U.S. intelligence community, have suggested that many elements of my fictional scenario are actually quite plausible. After publishing CASE CLOSED, I started a blog ... found at http://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/ ... and invited comment from those who were also concerned about the FBI's case. This blog has now become the primary non-government source for documents (most obtained through FOIA requests) and analysis regarding the real case. As of this writing (December 2011) it seems clear that every single element of the FBI's case against Dr. Ivins has been thoroughly demolished. Although the FBI continues to assert that it got the right man, a growing chorus of scientists, journalists and Congressmen does not agree.
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message 18: by Joy

Joy Chichester Thank you, Lewis, for noticing my comment on yours, of "All Our Yesterdays". It was the Jesse Stone character, played by Tom Selleck, on made-for-TV movies that turned me on to Robert B. Parker's books. I have now read all of the Spenser, Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall, Virgil Cole, and Everett Hitch books, plus all but 2 or 3 of his other books. Years ago, I found Earl Emerson with “Deception Pass”, and met him personally when he visited Denver to promote “Vertical Burn”. I’m also reading Ridley Pearson’s books set in the Seattle area (my birthplace). My real introduction to crime fiction was courtesy of the MHZ International Mystery series, broadcast every night in the Denver area by public broadcasting, KBDI-DT3, Channel 12.3 (on free antenna reception). A televised interview with Maj Sjowall piqued my interest, so I read the ten books, in order, of the Martin Beck Series. Then, I read the Millennium Trilogy of Stieg Larsson and saw all four movies of those stories. I found Margaret Coel's "Killing Custer" on the library new books rack, and have now been lent 11 Coel books by a friend. My son asked about my progress with Spenser, and upon finding I'd read all but "Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot", he asked if I'd gotten acquainted with Alex Cross. So, there's my plan for the next year: Coel and Patterson.

message 17: by Lewis

Lewis Weinstein Kerry wrote: "Two books that Roger recommended that he thought you would like: "Wilson" and "The Bully Pulpit". For when you are not in research mode ;)"

thanks. We ordered "Bully Pulpit."

message 16: by Kerry

Kerry Two books that Roger recommended that he thought you would like: "Wilson" and "The Bully Pulpit". For when you are not in research mode ;)

message 15: by Lewis

Lewis Weinstein Thelma wrote: "Glad to meet you, Lewis! Thank you for the friend request. You have an interesting array of reads, and a challenging job as an author.

I appreciate your remarks about my reading interests. It's..."

I have long believed it is perfectly ok to stop reading if you're not liking a book. If the first 100 pages doesn't grab you, it is very unlikely that the rest of the book will.

Stacielynn Thanks for he friend request. That was my first request based on a shared response to a book we have both read. Thanks for validating me. I will enjoy reading your take on titles, I think.

message 13: by Robert

Robert Thanks for the friend request, Lewis.

message 12: by Thelma (last edited Aug 19, 2013 08:30AM)

Thelma Glad to meet you, Lewis! Thank you for the friend request. You have an interesting array of reads, and a challenging job as an author.

I appreciate your remarks about my reading interests. It's a funny thing to me, the difference having an electronic reader makes in how I read. I've always been a big reader, since childhood, spending lots of time in the library. Hardly ever would just quit reading a book because I didn't like it. Then my sis gave me a Nook. Now I download books from the library, purchase books, borrow books, electronically; if a book doesn't grab me pretty quickly, I'll just delete it and move on to the next. The electronic world has also opened me up to books I would never have searched out before, like the WWII saga "Unbroken" and Tony Danza's book about being a high school teacher. So I do see it as a positive thing, with the major drawback being that my Nook is much heavier than a paperback when it strikes me in the nose as I drift asleep....

Looking forward to following your trail through the literary landscape. Lead on, McDuff!

message 11: by Lewis

Lewis Weinstein Slmcmahon wrote: "Good morning, Lewis. I saw the post with your latest "want to read" books listed and mosied on to your page to review some of your other book choices and to read about the books you have written. ..."

Thank you so much for your encouragement. I hope you enjoy my novels.

message 10: by Slmcmahon (last edited Jun 06, 2013 06:16AM)

Slmcmahon Good morning, Lewis. I saw the post with your latest "want to read" books listed and mosied on to your page to review some of your other book choices and to read about the books you have written.

I have added "The Pope's Conspiracy" and "The Heretice" to my want to read list and my break my rule limiting the number of books I buy in one month as they are so enticing!

Historical fiction may be my favorite genre, but I fear being overly committed as there are just too many books in to many other genres to have just one favorite.

Regardless, I enjoy reading your reviews, and reading about your want to reads.

Sherry McMahon

Helena Schrader Lewis,
Thank you for buying "An Obsolete Honor." I'll be interested in your comments/review. You have set yourself a difficult -- but immensely important task -- in trying to understand/explain the appeal of an ideology that is the antithesis of all we value today. It's easy to slip into clichés.

I was also struck by your interest in Medieval Spain. I'm currently working on a book that describes the end of the Christian kingdoms in the Holy Land. Also a difficult period....

Anyway, thanks again for the friend request and the interest in my book.


Cheryl Thanks for reading my review of the ABC Murders. Hope the winds are to your back now in Key West.

message 7: by Karen

Karen Hi Lewis - always happy to meet another Disher fan :) - I love his Wyatt series in particular - thank you for the friend invite :)

message 6: by Lisa

Lisa Unfortunately, I have a nook, not a Kindle--any way to get the Catalan family saga just as a ebook (nonKindle edition)? Lisa

Darcia Helle Thanks for the add, Lew! Great to meet you.

message 4: by Kim

Kim Thanks for the friend request, Lew. I look forward to having some enjoyable literary discussions.

message 3: by Faith

Faith Mortimer Finished this and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm sure you will too.



message 2: by Lewis

Lewis Weinstein ARLENE ... It was fun talking with Ron last night. Looking forward to listening to what I said ... LEW WEINSTEIN

message 1: by Arlene (last edited Jun 03, 2009 03:53AM)

Arlene Klein Hi Lew,

I'm delighted to be your friend on Goodreads. Thanks for the invitation. They have me posted with 0 books. That's INCORRECT!!! Go to my profile. I have TWO (2) books. THE GRANDFATHER OF POSSIBILITIES and I NEVER WANTED TO SAY GOODBYE. GRANDFATHER has 10 five star reviews!!!! My other book is a DWAA Award nominated book. Best regards. Arlene Klein, Author

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