House Of Ghosts by Lawrence Kaplan
A Joe Henderson Mystery (Joe Henderson Mysteries)

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House Of Ghosts Imagine that Raymond Chandler wrote The Winds of War and you can begin to understand why House Of Ghosts is such different and compelling detective story. Detective Joe Henderson is the modern incarnation of Philip Marlowe--hard boiled, hard drinking, hard loving, delightfully cynical, offering wry observations of life in the age of Starbucks. The tale begins in the sweltering summer of 2000 when Preston Swedge, an alcoholic recluse and World War II veteran, has died in Westfield, New Jersey. At his estate sale, retired local police detective Joe Henderson discovers a 1944 diary describing a rogue attempt by a Jewish-American pilot named Paul Rothstein to drop his bombs on Auschwitz's killing complex where nearly 300,000 captives were about to be murdered. With the fortitude of a Maccabean zealot and the patriotism of an American freedom fighter Rothstein had set out to defy his commanders who had prohibited any attempt to save Jewish lives. Joe Henderson's curiosity launches him on a crusade for the truth and a shocking revelation when he tracks down the last living witness who can solve the mystery of why the raid never happened. Epic in its breadth, House Of Ghosts sweeps effortlessly from contemporary Westfield, New Jersey to the Princeton University of 1939, and on to the aerial battle above Italy and Poland in 1944. Along the way you'll meet up with notables such as Charles Lindbergh, Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau, Jr., General Fulgencio Batista, and Alina Gilbert, the exotic dancer who helps to make this the hottest summer on record.
 

About Lawrence Kaplan

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Lawrence Kaplan grew up in a middle-class section of Union, New Jersey. A child of the 1950s, he says that he "played punch ball in the street, didn't go to camp, and didn't talk back." It was a world where kids rode their bikes to get where they needed to go, mothers stayed home, and no one had two cars. "And most important" Larry notes, "people gave a damn about each other." His dad was a dental technician; this inspired Larry to go into dentistry. He's been in solo practice in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, since 1983.
 
Published July 12, 2011 by Zolexa Publishing. 309 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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