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Voices of the Dead by Peter Leonard
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In this tense and fast-moving thriller, Harry Levin, a Detroit scrap metal dealer and Holocaust survivor, must go Washington, D.C., to identify his daughter Sara’s body. Sara has been killed when her car is hit by a drunken German driving a Mercedes. When he arrives, Harry learns that the drunk driver, Ernst Hesse, has diplomatic immunity and has already left the country for his home in Munich. Hearing that, Harry begins a journey to avenge his daughter. He visits the old Munich neighborhood where his family lived before they were taken to Auschwitz and finds some of the neighbor still alive and engaged in hunting down Nazis who escaped justice and in documenting the crimes of the new Nazis.

Peter Leonard skillfully cuts between modern Munich and Harry’s terrible memories of the death camp and his escape. Those memories help him identify Ernst Hesse as the Auschwitz SS officer who killed his father and nearly killed him. Hesse is now high in the counsels of the new Nazi party, a position that must be hidden at all costs. As the bodies start stacking up, Harry realizes that he must struggle once again to survive the Nazi menace. Leonard’s minor characters are as vivid and well-fleshed out as Harry himself is, and the twists and turns of the plot carry the reader on a roller coaster ride to a satisfying conclusion.

Peter is the son of famed mystery writer Elmore Leonard, who provides an introduction to this book. Peter Leonard doesn’t really need any introduction. His work can stand on its own two legs.

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