Hart's Warby John Katzenbach
Then routine comes to a halt with the arrival of a new prisoner: First Lieutenant Lincoln Scott, an African American Tuskegee airman
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Second Lieutenant Tommy Hart, a navigator whose B-25 was shot out of the sky in 1942, is burdened with guilt as the only surviving member of his crew. Now he is just another POW at the fiercely guarded Stalag Luft 13 in Bavaria.
Then routine comes to a halt with the arrival of a new prisoner: First Lieutenant Lincoln Scott, an African American Tuskegee airman who instantly becomes the target of contempt from his fellow soldiers. When a prisoner is brutally murdered, and all the blood-soaked evidence points to Scott, Hart is tapped to defend the soldier. In a trial rife with racial tension and raw conflict, where the lines between ally and enemy blur, there are those with their own secret motives, and a burning passion for a rush to judgment, no matter what the cost.
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As usual with Katzenbach (State of Mind, 1997, etc.), there's just too much novel here, some of it pat and predictable besides. Intermixed, however, are scenes of considerable power, even a few of tenderness. On balance, maybe the author's best.
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"THIS IS A WONDERFUL NOVEL. IT DESERVES READING . . . THE CHARACTERS . . . LEAP OFF THE PAGES."
"FASCINATING AND POWERFUL . . . AS BOTH A WAR NOVEL AND A LEGAL THRILLER, HART'S WAR IS A COMPELLING READ."
-San Francisco Examiner
"SCENES OF CONSIDERABLE POWER . . . KATZENBACH'S BEST."
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Clark clearly wasn't answering the question. Instead, he turned, holding both the homemade frying pan and the homemade knife. He glanced at Tommy but directed his words to Colonel MacNamara. "Watch carefully," he said.
Slowly, the major unwrapped the odd olive drab cloth that Scott had used to make the handle of the frying pan. Then, just as slowly and deliberately, he unwrapped the blade's grip. Then he held up both strips of cloth. They were of the same material and of nearly identical length.
"They look to be the same," Colonel MacNamara said sharply.
"One difference, sir," Clark replied. "This one"--he held up the one that had wrapped the knife handle--"this one here appears to have Captain Bedford's blood staining it."
Scott straightened rigidly, his mouth opened slightly. He seemed about to say something, but instead turned and looked at Tommy. For the first time, Tommy saw something that he took to be fear in the black flier's eyes. And, in that second, he remembered what Hugh Renaday and Phillip Pryce had spoken of earlier that day. Motive. Opportunity. Means. Three legs of a triangle. But when they had talked, the means had been missing from the equation.
That was no longer true.
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John Katzenbach has written six previous novels: the Edgar Award-nominated In the Heat of the Summer, which was adapted for the screen as The Mean Season; the New York Times bestseller The Traveler; Day of Reckoning; Just Cause, which was also made into a movie; The Shadow Man (another Edgar nominee); and State of Mind. Mr. Katzenbach has been a criminal court reporter for The Miami Herald and Miami News and a featured writer for the Herald's Tropic magazine. He lives in western Massachusetts.
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Mr Katzenbach is a gifted mystery writer. The plot keeps you guessing right up to the very end and when the truth is finally revealed, it doesn't strike you as being unecessarily contrived. My only grouse is that the 'action packed' ending was a little too drawn out.
oh my gosh!!! what a great read!!! i saw the movie a few days ago and really liked it, then ran out and got the book. i was really suprised, but for the absolute better. katzenbach's new novel is a wonderful must read. i am an avid reader and love historical fiction, but this was outstanding. i never thought that a novel about a murder set in a german POW camp would be so interesting, but katzenbach has definately reached a high standard in imagery, suspense, and creativity. i loved this book!!! i just finished it tonight, and am going to read it again!!!!!!
WOW!!! I loved this book. I am reading again right now! It is definately one of my favorites. If you like war books or suspense this is a must read. I was so excited when the movie was going to come out, but it was a huge let down :(
I read the book before I even knew there would be a movie. When I saw the preview for the movie it looked vaguely familiar, and then I realized I had read the book. I think that the book was very exciting and well wrote.
I loved Hart's War, the imagery was fantastic. This was the first book I ever read by John Katzenbach and truly fell in love with his books. The characters are well-received, you find yourself falling in love with the characters and feeling everything they felt. Its gripping, mesmerizing, and truly my favorite book. Once I started, I didn't want to finish, it was the true thrill ride and had an even more surprising ending that you couldn't see coming! This book is for everyone; if you like WW2 stories, thrillers, detective stories, and others. This book is a MUST!
'Hart's War' was a great suspense novel..I could visualize each and every event..a worthwhile read.
This book was outstanding. A great storyline with a great twist at the end that will catch you by surprise. A very good 'ride-home-on-the-train' book !!
This book should set the standard for any novelist who's trying to write a book about the Second World War. Normally, I stay away from books dealing with the War because they're too historical and way too long, which in turn makes them boring in the long run. The thing that interested me the most about 'Hart's War', was the effect of reality as well as a touch of mystery that it provided. From the first chapter, I was transported into the POW camp and I was feeling the loneliness of the soldiers as well as the frustrations of Tommy as he was trying to solve the murder of Trader Vic. I recommend this book to everyone!!! It is a perfect novel with which you can curl up by the fireplace on a rainy day.
This book is now one of my favorite books! I watched the movie before and the book was a million times better! Definitely a must-read book!!!!