Prague Springby David Del Bourgo
The murder of a United States congressman's son sends Inspector Simon Wolfe of the San Francisco Police Department on a pursuit in which he is blackmailed with his past as an Israeli assassin. When Inspector Wolfe falls in love with the dead boy's psychiatrist and must protect her from a rogue Nazi operative, he is forced to come to terms with his uncompromising notions of justice that were formed when he was a prisoner in Theresienstadt and Auschwitz.
This gripping tale of murder and deceit interweaves history and mystery against the charged and colorful background of Berkeley in the 1960's. Wolfe is a difficult and sympathetic character who relentlessly pursues the truth in a time of desperate optimism. This is more than just a story of good versus evil; it satisfies the genre and then slips its boundaries to provide readers with a deeper understanding of the the law and the pitfalls of love.
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.
When the murder of rich boy and congressman�s son Chris Cantwell occurs, Wolfe is the first to be alerted. At the crime scene, Wolfe senses foul play. Chris appears to have overdosed on morphine while getting it on with a prostitute in a sleazy hotel. But the story of the murder is a little too neat; the room is left a little too organized; and all of the facts just don�t add up.
Wolfe launches his investigation. However, obstacles challenge him at every turn. Congressman Cantwell isn�t willing to explore the facts about his son�s death. When Wolfe pushes, he becomes caught in a web connecting his past, his present, his family and even his new love. He faces losing his job or losing his integrity, and is torn between truth and deception and between murdering and being murdered.
There�s sex. There�s lust. There�s blackmail. There�s drama, as Wolfe and his partner/brother-in-law tangle over how to handle the case. There�s emotion, as young girls tell their stories of rape and fear. There�s love, as Wolfe falls for the dead boy�s psychiatrist and must protect her from a rogue Nazi operative. There�s nostalgia, as Wolfe is forced to come to terms with his memories of the Camps.
Of course, there is a lot of suspense.
�Prague Spring� offers a great mystery with a Jewish flair. It is one of those novels that the reader just can�t put down, for if done before the book is finished, one�s dreams will be haunted by the plot.
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Meet the Author
David Del Bourgo has had success writing in many forms. Over a hundred of his poems have been printed in literary journals such as Epos and California Quarterly, as well as anthologized in hardback books, including Sephardic Voices, The Literature of Work and Three Los Angeles Poets, a Spanish translation of American poetry. Two books of his poetry have been published through small presses. Elie Weisel wrote the cover note for one of those books. He has won several screenwriting awards, including being a finalist in UCLA's prestigious Diane Thomas, and he is a lifetime member of Squaw Writers.
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