San Francisco Police's Inspector Simon Wolfe is blackmailed with his past as a Nazi assassin, while political forces try to stop him from investigating the murder of a teenage boy. When Inspector Wolfe falls in love with the dead boy's psychiatrist and must protect her from a rogue Nazi operative, he is forced to come to terms with his uncompromising notions of justice that were formed when he was a prisoner in Theresienstadt and Auschwitz.
This gripping tale of murder and deceit interweaves history and mystery against the charged and colorful background of Berkeley in 1968.
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A superior police thriller suffused with history
I have no idea. I've only listened to the audio edition, which I enjoyed very much.
There are many of these moments, as expected in a good thriller. The first scene stands out: Simon is an assassin working for the Hagannah preying on an ex-Nazi in San Francisco in 1952. Also, Simon's flashbacks to his harrowing experiences as a Jew in Nazi occupied Checoslovaquia are memorable.
I'm sorry to say his performance is a downside to this audio book. His rhythm is very slow, and although I'm sure he means it to be thoughtful, it turns out to be a bit exasperating.
I would have liked to, if I had had the time!
I'm looking forward to more books by Del Bourgo. He's an intelligent writer with a deep sense of history.
Recomment highly. Great story, well paced, interesting setting and background.
The scene where the assasin is interrupted by a young boy.
Never do that.
Compelling social, political and historical elements to the story.
- Eileen Austen