House of Ghosts: A Joe Henderson Mystery

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House of Ghosts is a gripping mystery that takes readers through some of the most shrouded history of the twentieth century. In August 1944, Allied forces launched a top-secret aerial assault on the I. G. Farben oil and rubber plant, the flight plan taking bombers directly over the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp five miles away. Considering the known threat to the Jewish population, why did Allies bypass Hitler’s most notorious extermination camp without once trying to knock out the gas chambers or ...

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Overview

House of Ghosts is a gripping mystery that takes readers through some of the most shrouded history of the twentieth century. In August 1944, Allied forces launched a top-secret aerial assault on the I. G. Farben oil and rubber plant, the flight plan taking bombers directly over the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp five miles away. Considering the known threat to the Jewish population, why did Allies bypass Hitler’s most notorious extermination camp without once trying to knock out the gas chambers or railways? At the estate sale of the late Preston Swedge, an alcoholic recluse and World War II veteran, a diary including details of that 1944 aerial assault is found by retired detective Joe Henderson, which includes descriptions of a rogue attempt by a Jewish-American pilot, Paul Rothstein, to drop bombs on Auschwitz. What follows is Henderson’s determined search for the truth about the failed attempt to save 300,000 Jews.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982411704
  • Publisher: Winans Kuenstler Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Pages: 309
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

""I’m a lifelong student of history,"" says Lawrence Kaplan. ""I wanted to share the insights from my historical research, but unfortunately, the letters after my name are DDS, not PhD. So I turned to writing fiction to express my ideas."" One reviewer described his compelling combination of historical accuracy with suspenseful storytelling as ""Raymond Chandler meets the Winds of War."" House of Ghosts is the first title in a series of mystery adventures featuring the character Detective Joe Henderson.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Disappointed

    I thought this would be more interesting. The beginning was strong & I was drawn into the characters, but midway the book got long & boring. I struggled with this one trying to hold an interest until the end.
    The subject matter I found interesting, but the details were just not that interesting. Too long & drawn out.

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

    What an awesome book!

    I usually do not ike history or books like that, however this book kept me so captivated, I could not wait til I was able to pick it up and read again. I learned so much history that I ever really knew. I would recommend (and have) this book to anyone who wants to be enlightened!

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  • Posted October 23, 2009

    No ebook, Kindle has it

    I was thinking Nook looks much cooler than kindle. But if Kindle has all best sellers and Nook has only some of them, that will be a real problem and disapointment. I like direct PDF capability of Nook. Although this book is also available in pdf on the web but I don't know if quality is going to be as good as pdb. I think bn has too little time to convert all those to pdb

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2009

    MYSTERY - HISTORY

    From the beginning you become keenly aware that you're about to be taken on a mysterious journey. Travel from the comfort of a small colonial town in present-day America, back to the fearful times of the yesterdays in the decade of the mid-1930s. Cleverly, "House of Ghosts" surrounds your voyage with a film-noir mystery type of flashback.

    So easily and so knowingly the reader steps into a by-gone era. This is pre-war college in Princeton again and 1941 Pearl Harbor and terror in Nazi Germany and nightmare in Poland and many of the other places where cruel things happened and questionable decisions made - things that are now the bits'n pieces of history and memory; and then, you are back in small town America and somehow all the pieces of the underlying mystery come together for the "whodunit."

    Never overwhelming with story, the theme is poignant, the characters different, the plot fast moving and totally engrossing - you won't want to stop reading it.

    What else can I say about "House of Ghosts?" Just this, "you'll want to read it again." I did!!!

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