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Publish Date: December 23, 2019

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Best Book Selection 2013

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WOLF

"A deeply researched novel about HItler's rise to power, co-authored by Stern, a former federal judge, and Wintger, a novelist (Island Bluffs, 2015 etc.). In a German army hospital in 1918, two soldiers meet. One, the narrator, has lost all memory of his past, even his identity, so a doctor assigns him the nme of a dead soldier, Friedrich Richard. Richard shows kindness to the man suffering from hysterical blindness in the bed next to him. The blind man calls himself Wolf, but his real name is Adolf Hitler. They form a strong friendship, and Richard later follows Hitler into the Nazi Party. Richard is a not-entirely-sympathetic narrator who stands 6-foot-7 and "doesn't shy away from a fight," willingly bashing heads to defend his friend. But he shies away from talking about his past, especially when he learns he's inadvertently been given the name of "a dead Jew." Meanwhile, Hitler "demanded total loyalty, but he also gave it...even to friends who disappointed him." "Friedrich," he says, "you must stay close to me. Always. You are the only one I really trust." Even knowing that Richard defended a bearded Jew against three thugs, Hitler promotes him to SS Obergruppenführer. "Our Friedrich is well known for his tender heart," he says. The fictional narrator proves a great tool to show Hitler up close, based on the authors' research. For example, historians often portray Hitler as pathologically afraid of women. Richard tells a woman that "Hitler's romance is with Germany," not with fräuleins, but Hitler is attracted to young women and girls, including his niece Geli, who commits suicide after ol' Uncle Adolf leaves her for another woman. In 1934, Richard visits a dying man in Dachau but is long since hopelessly ensnared in the Nazi juggernaut. As the novel ends, the horrors are only beginning. An engrossing look at a monster." -- KIRKUS REVIEW

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ISLAND BLUFFS

"Island bluffs is a must read. The twists and turns are sure to keep the reader surprised, educated and curious! It is filled with fantasy and dark truths that pull this novel to the top of the heap. What could be better than a thought provoking, history soaked and at the same time, whimsical book! I really enjoyed it." -- Jayne Gumpel

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SAVIOR'S DAY

Kirkus Review: Best Book Selection 2013

Honorable Mention: Fiction 2015 New York Book Festival
"The complicated plot resembles a pair of interlocking spirals, with Detective Thompkins's revelations taking readers steadily further back in time and the gunmen's parallel back stories bringing readers forward to the moment of the shooting." -- KIRKUS REVIEW

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SNOWFLAKES IN THE SAHARA

"Snowflakes in the Sahara mixes the sinister ingredients of global warming and an oh-so-American wish for a quick-fix together with the draw of charismatic leader, whose character goes unexamined. A savvy novelist, Winter delivers up a gripping story that seems so politically possible that the reader is jolted by the unexpected explosions emanating from this brew. Front and foremost is a female forensic dentist who jumps from the celluloid of "Sex and the City" with the moxie and chutzpah needed to challenge the president of the US. "Snowflakes..." is a terrific novel that is a must read!" -- Susan Hall, author and filmmaker

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SOMEONE ELSE'S SON

"Someone Else's Son should speak to a lot of people because it probes universal emotions. The situation of an ordinary couple, at an unrecog-nized crisis point in their marriage, discovering that their oldest son is not 'theirs,' at least biologically, stirs up a host of issues about the nature of parenthood....The novel has much to say about the way we live today, and I hope it finds the wide audience it deserves." -- Richard Lingeman Reviewer for the New York Times

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