The odd thing about Walter Schoen, German born but now running a butcher shop in Detroit, he's a dead ringer for Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS and the Gestapo. They even share the same birthday.
Honey Deal, Walter's American wife, doesn't know that Walter is a member of a spy ring that sends U.S. war production data to Germany and gives shelter to escaped German prisoners of war. But she's tired of telling him jokes he doesn't understand—it's time to get a divorce.
Along comes Carl Webster, the hot kid of the Marshals Service. He's looking for Jurgen Schrenk, a former Afrika Korps officer who escaped from a POW camp in Oklahoma. Carl's pretty sure Walter's involved with keeping Schrenk hidden, so Carl gets to know Honey, hoping she'll take him to Walter. Carl then meets Vera Mezwa, the nifty Ukrainian head of the spy ring who's better looking than Mata Hari, and her tricky lover Bohdan with the Buster Brown haircut and a sly way of killing.
Honey's a free spirit; she likes the hot kid marshal and doesn't much care that he's married. But all Carl wants is to get Jurgen Schrenk without getting shot. And then there's Otto—the Waffen-SS major who runs away with a nice Jewish girl. It's Elmore Leonard's world—gritty, funny, and full of surprises.
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The upshot is that the SS escapees are hiding in plain sight with Walter and company while Carl circles in frustration, unable to get any closer to them than Honey, who’s perfectly willing to go to bed with both him and Jurgen.Apr 15 2007 | Read Full Review of Up in Honey's Room: A Novel
Set in the waning days of WWII, bestseller Leonard's disappointing 40th novel finds gunslinging U.S. marshal Carl Webster, introduced in 2005's The Hot Kid , on the trail of Jurgen Schrenk and Otto Penzler, German POWs escaped from their Okmulgee, Okla., detention camp.Apr 02 2007 | Read Full Review of Up in Honey's Room: A Novel
ThePhiladelphia Inquirer once suggested that the Swedish Academy should give the Nobel Prize for Literature to Elmore Leonard.Jan 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Up in Honey's Room: A Novel
Hes in the book both because hes a marvelous character who Im sure Leonard felt deserved another appearance in one of his novels, and because hes hot on the trail of the two escaped Nazis.Mar 17 2013 | Read Full Review of Up in Honey's Room: A Novel
During the waning days of World War II, U.S. Marshal Carl Webster, who starred in The Hot Kid ( 4 of 5 Stars Selection July/Aug 2005), chases down two German POWs in Detroit.Aug 02 2007 | Read Full Review of Up in Honey's Room: A Novel
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