18 March 2012

Voices of the Dead by Peter Leonard Review for Partners in Crime

TITLE:  Voices of the Dead
AUTHOR:  Peter Leonard
PUBLISHED BY:  The Story Plant
ISBN:  ISBN-10: 1611880327 ISBN-13: 978-1611880328
GENRE:  Suspense  300 pages,  Publication date  01/17/12

SYNOPSIS:  The year is 1971. The place is Detroit. Harry Levin, a scrap metal dealer and Holocaust survivor, has just learned that his daughter was killed in a car accident. Traveling to Washington, DC to claim the body, he learns that the accident was caused by a German diplomat who was driving drunk. This is only the beginning of the horror for Harry, though, as he discovers that the diplomat will never face charges – he has already been released and granted immunity. Enraged and aggrieved, Harry discovers the identity of his daughter’s killer, follows him to Munich, and hunts him down. What Harry finds out about the diplomat and his plans will explode his life and the lives of everyone around him.

Brimming with action and dark humor, Voices of the Dead, firmly positions Peter Leonard as a writer ever suspense fan needs to read.

AUTHOR BIO:  Peter Leonard’s debut novel, QUIVER, was published to international acclaim in 2008 (“A spectacular debut...you will be holding your breath until the final page.”– The New York Sun). It was followed by TRUST ME in 2009 (“TRUST ME is fast, sly and full of twists.” – Carl Hiaasen, New York Times bestselling author). The Story Plant will publish Leonard’s newest novel, ALL HE SAW WAS THE GIRL, in the spring of 2012.

AUTHOR SITES:  Website  http://peterleonardbooks.com/
THE STORY PLANT:  Website   www.thestoryplant.com
300 pages,  Publication date  01/17/12

 Hess found out the woman lived on P Street in Georgetown, not far from the consulate. He told the ambassador he was having dinner with potential clients, and wanted to drive himself. It was unorthodox, but plausible. He had been issued one of the embassy’s Mercedes sedans. He stopped at a bookstore and bought a map of the area, and located P Street. He drove there and saw the Goldman residence, a federal-style brick townhouse.

Hess went to a restaurant and had dinner and a couple drinks. At ten o’clock he drove back, parked around the corner on 32nd Street between two other vehicles so the license plate was not visible to anyone driving by. He walked to the Goldmans’, stood next to a tree in front of the three-storey townhouse. There were lights on the first floor. He walked to the front door and rang the buzzer. He could hear footsteps and voices inside. A light over the door went on. Hess stood in the open so whoever it was would see he was well dressed. The door opened, a man standing there, assumed he was Dr. Mitchell Goldman, dark hair, big nose, mid-forties, top of the shirt unbuttoned, exposing a gold chain and a five-pointed star. Hess smiled. “My car is on the fritz. May I use your phone to call a tow truck?”

Dr. Goldman stared at him with concern.

“I am staying just down the street at the consulate,” Hess said, smiling. Now the door opened and he stepped into the elegant foyer, chandelier overhead, marble floor.

“Mitch, who is it?” a woman said from a big open room to his right.

Dr. Goldman looked in her direction. “Guy’s having car trouble, wants to use the phone.”

“It’s ten o’clock at night.”

“He’ll just be a minute,” the dentist said.

Hess could see the woman sitting on a couch, watching television.

“The phone’s in here.” The dentist started to move.

Hess drew the Luger from the pocket of his suit jacket,and aimed it at Goldman.

The dentist put his hands up. “Whoa. Easy.”

“Who is in the house?”

“Just the two of us.”

“Are you expecting anyone?”

He shook his head.

“Tell her to come in here,” Hess said.

“What do you want? You want money?” He took his wallet out and handed it to him. “There’s eight hundred dollars in there.”

“Call her,” Hess said.

“Hon, come here, will you?”

“I’m watching ‘All in the Family.’ Can you wait till the commercial?”

Hess could hear people laughing on the television.

“Just for a minute,” the dentist said.

Hess saw her stand up and step around a low table in front of the couch, moving across the room, still looking back at the television. She turned her head as she entered the foyer and saw him holding the gun. Her hair looked darker in the dim light but he had only seen her briefly that day.

“Oh-my-god,” she said, hands going up to her face.

“We’re reasonable people,” the dentist said. “Tell us what you want.”

“The pleasure of your company,” Hess said. “Where is the cellar?”

My Thoughts:

Voices of the Dead is a story of Harry Levin, a Jew who is also a holocaust survivor. He and his parents were put in Dachau in 1942 and one day a group of prisoners were told that they were going to be sent to Palenstine. Instead they were taken to a field and lined up alongside a trench, 50 at a time, and shot until 600 people were dead or dying. Harry had been able to escape at his father's insistence but was captured and left for dead in the trench. Except he didn't die and eventually ended up in Detroit after the war. 

1971 he becomes a successful business man but when his daughter, who is in Washington DC in school, is killed by a drunk driver, his life as he knows it is no longer. 

Meanwhile the man who killed Sara is a respected and rich German who manages to use his diplomatic immunity to be able to escape being charged. This man is pure evil and continues his vendetta against Jews. He leaves bodies in his wake in Germany and the US because he finds that some people did not die but are able to recognize him, including Harry. This novel takes many twists and turns as Harry seeks justice, not only for the death of his daughter, but for his parents and all the other people that were killed at Hess's orders.

I enjoyed Peter Leonard's writing style and this book had me eagerly turning pages until the end. A very suspenseful story that comes right out of history. I highly recommend this book and I hope to read more by this author.

I received a copy of this book for review from Partners in Crime Tours and was not monetarily compensated for my review.

1 comment:

  1. Informative review and post. I agree with you about his writing style, I enjoyed it too. Great post!!



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