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Voices of the Dead by Peter Leonard

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Harry Levin, a Detroit scrap metal dealer and Holocaust survivor, follows Hess, a German diplomat Nazi, to Munich.  He intends to kill Hess.  Hess, protected by diplomatic immunity, cannot be held accountable in the U.S. for the drunken driving killing of Levin’s daughter.  As Levin learns more about Hess, Harry, who escaped, also remembers Hess to be the young SS officer who led the mass murder of Jewish prisoners during World War II.  Working with likely and one unlikely, funny accomplice, Harry attempts to either bring Hess to justice legally for his past and present crimes, or he is determined to bring his own brand of justice.

The author’s writing feels fast and to the point.  There are no long-winded speeches from his characters.  The suspense keeps you reading, hoping that Hess is stopped.  Sometimes, the fast-pace makes the circumstances seem too unexpected or improbable, but every situation builds on the one before to a conclusion that satisfies the need for justice.

Adult readers will enjoy the suspense and the underground glimpse into a facet of 1970s fascism in Germany which was a shock to me.

Three and a half stars

*Reviewed by Colleen*

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  1. CMash said...:

    Thank you for your honest review.

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