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Hadassah MagazineSan Francisco police inspector Simon Wolfe is a Holocaust survivor who, as a Haganah avenger, assassinated Nazis in Europe. He originally came to the United States in 1952 as a Mossad agent sent to kill a former German mayor who had burned his town's Jews in a synagogue. That mission was aborted, but now, years later, current events infringe on the present: Why does a congressional candidate whose son died suspiciously, want the boy's death ruled an accident? And why is he using an ex-Nazi strongman to blackmail Wolfe about his past--he was a ghetto guard in Theresienstadt and originally entered the United States illegally--to stop the investigation?
When Wolfe consults with the dead boy's psychiatrist--who happens to run an oral survivor history project--they find points of commonality, especially the moral dilemma they have both faced: When is it permissible to take a life? This is an intelligent novel that has humor as well as pain.