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