Title: Voices of the Dead
Author: Peter Leonard
Publisher: The Story Plant
Publication Date: January 2012
Paperback: 300 Pages
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery
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.
What a great suspense filled thriller. From the moment I opened the book till the end I could envision all that took place. It was well written and descriptive. I felt like I was in the concentration camps with Harry. That’s how vivid this was for me. The author takes us back in time to Germany then to his life in 1971 and vice versa. Harry is a survivor of the Holocaust and I am extremely impressed with how this was written in the story and the flashbacks of this era and how it affects Harry. Harry learns his only child, a daughter, was killed by a German diplomat who was drunk. Harry catches up with him in the first few days of learning about his daughter and I felt bad he didn’t get justice then. But, then I would have missed the ride that Peter wanted to take us on. Harry pretty much hunts him down all the while telling us of Harry’s life in the Holocaust. This one is a must read. Don’t miss it. If you like suspense, thrillers and history this book is for you!
I give Voices of the Dead by Peter Leonard 4.5 of 5 stars.
About the Author:
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.
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book to facilitate this review as part of the blog tour hosted by Partners In Crime Book Tours. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own. All information on the book can be found at the authors website.
This qualifies for my Horror/Thriller Reading Challenge