Sunday, March 4, 2012

Review: Voices of the Dead

Voices of the Dead
Voices of the Dead by Peter Leonard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disclosure: I received a free e-galley from netGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis from Goodreads: Detroit, 1971. Harry Levin, scrap metal dealer and holocaust survivor, learns that his daughter has been killed in a car accident. Travelling to Washington DC, he's told by Detective Taggart that the German diplomat, who was drunk, has been released and afforded immunity; he will never face charges. So Harry is left with only one option - to discover the identity of this man, follow him back to Munich and hunt him down. The first of a two-hander, Peter Leonard's new novel is a classic cat-and-mouse thriller. Told with swagger, brutal humour and not a little violence, it follows a good man who is forced to return to the horrors of his past.

My Thoughts: Harry Levin was just a teen during World War 2 when he and his family were taken to a camp. He managed to escape and get to America after the war, but I won’t go into details and possibly spoil anything for you. This story interweaves his past in Munich and the camps and his present (1971) in Detroit as a scrap metal dealer. This is a well-written thriller, full of suspense. While we’re all along aware of exactly who has done what – this is suspense, not mystery – the twists and turns that occur to Harry and those around him are what makes it an interesting read. Also the wonderful details that help the reader fit into the time frame. A highly recommended book for those who enjoy thrillers and suspense, especially mixed in with historical situations. I will be reading and reviewing his next upcoming book, All He Saw was the Girl, soon.

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