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Voices of the Dead
Peter Leonard

The Story Plant
January 17, 2012 / ISBN 978-1611880328

Reviewed by Beverly J. Rowe

It is 1971, Harry Levin is a prosperous scrap metal dealer living in Detroit, but he is also a Holocaust survivor. He saw his parents killed and dumped in mass graves by one of Hitler's concentration camp guards, but Harry managed to escape into the woods.

Now he is in Washington, D. C. to claim the body of his daughter who has been killed in an auto accident...caused by a drunk German diplomat. The German is under diplomatic immunity and has already been released. He will never face charges for killing Harry's daughter. Harry meets up with the man, and comes to realize he is the same Ernst Hess who led the death squad that killed Harry's parents.

Partnering with a black, recently-discharged American soldier, coincidentally also from Detroit, they follow Hess to Munich. They discover a string of murders leading all the way back to World War II...all Jewish victims. Harry is convinced Hess, a confirmed and still practicing, Nazi, is responsible for these murders, and must pay for these atrocities, but convincing the authorities is another matter entirely. One way or another, Hess will meet justice.

Peter Leonard writes with dark humor and fast action in a multi-layered plot that keeps you guessing the outcome. This is the first book I have read by Elmore Leonard's son, but certainly not my last. He may be as good as his father. The characters are unforgettable, and the plot is unique and exciting.

Reviewed 2012