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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review of NAZI GOLD by Tom Bower

Nazi Gold: The Full Story of the Fifty-Year Swiss-Nazi Conspiracy to Steal Billions from Europe's Jews and Holocaust SurvivorsNazi Gold: The Full Story of the Fifty-Year Swiss-Nazi Conspiracy to Steal Billions from Europe's Jews and Holocaust Survivors by Tom Bower
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review NAZI GOLD by Tom Bower

The depredations of the Third Reich did not really end with the Allied victory in 1945. In science, in politics, and in fraud, surviving Nazis continued to wreak havoc in the name of greed and ideology. Top UK investigative journalist Tom Bower has researched the ongoing Nazi defrauding of Jews and other ethnicities for art, gold, and other valuables. Here he presents “the real story,” vividly and clearly. Readers will be shocked to discover the facts about “NAZI GOLD” in this book, “The Full Story of the Fifty-Year Swiss-Nazi Conspiracy to Steal Billions from Europe's Jews and Holocaust Survivors.”The Full Story of the Fifty-Year Swiss-Nazi Conspiracy to Steal Billions from Europe's Jews and Holocaust Survivors
The Full Story of the Fifty-Year Swiss-Nazi Conspiracy to Steal Billions from Europe's Jews and Holocaust Survivors
The Full Story of the Fifty-Year Swiss-Nazi Conspiracy to Steal Billions from Europe's Jews and Holocaust Survivors


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Review: KLAUS BARBIE THE BUTCHER OF LYONS by Tom Bower

Klaus Barbie: The Butcher of LyonsKlaus Barbie: The Butcher of Lyons by Tom Bower


Review of KLAUS BARBIE: THE BUTCHER OF LYONS
by Tom Bowers

An eye-opening and mind-boggling investigation into the life and times of Klaus Barbie, the Nazi officer who during World War II was Gestapo Commander of Lyons, Occupied France, reveals the lengths to which greed and love of power can propel humans. When those two drives are in control, any sense of humanity, compassion, empathy, and morality take a back seat. Such is demonstrated by the ease with which this horrible individual lived, in Bolivia and elsewhere, not concealed, but rather “in plain sight,” well known to governments, presidents, and other high-level officials and politicians. Barbie lived as if no retribution for his actions as a dedicated Nazi would ever occur, not even for the mass murders under his command. But a Parisian attorney and his German wife dedicated themselves to bring Barbie to justice, or failing that, to extermination.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A LONG TIME DEAD by Andrew Barrett_Review

A Long Time DeadA Long Time Dead by Andrew Barrett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review of A LONG TIME DEAD by Andrew Barrett

A LONG TIME DEAD is forensic-noir, starring a protagonist who is a CSI [formerly SOCO] for the West Yorkshire Police. Roger Conniston is “a man with a mission,” a man who is an imperfect individual, yet one with his own high moral code. His sense of integrity has in the past led him to report a superior, Inspector Weston, whom Roger believes to be a gun-runner. Weston got off with barely a slap on the hand, and has targeted Conniston ever since. In his role as a forensic investigator, Roger is neither police nor civilian, neither fish nor fowl, and his reporting of Weston has cost him friends even in his own department. Yet he perseveres, even to the extent of being framed for murder.

The author, Andrew Barrett, is a CSI for Yorkshire Police, and brings a clear understanding of the details of forensic investigation and the politics of a police department. A LONG TIME DEAD is the first book in his Roger Conniston trilogy.


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Thursday, March 9, 2017

THE DARKNESS OF EVIL by Alan Jacobson_Review

The Darkness of Evil (Karen Vail, #7)The Darkness of Evil by Alan Jacobson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of THE DARKNESS OF EVIL by Alan Jacobson
(Karen Vail #7)

THE DARKNESS OF EVIL is the seventh in the series of FBI Special Agent (Behavioral Analysis Unit) Karen Vail. In this engrossing thriller, Vail is “hand-holding” (in the view of her unit commander) Jasmine Marcks, the woman who as an adolescent repeatedly informed local police that her father Roscoe was a serial killer. Finally investigated, charged, and convicted, Roscoe Marcks has been incarcerated in maximum security for the past seven years. Now Jasmine's nonfiction book detailing her life with a murderous father has been published, and simultaneously she receives threats, while Roscoe engineers a prison escape. Vail is in the midst of the new investigation, despite an arrogant U.S. Marshal who holds no approbation for the FBI.

There's plenty of violence, of course, since Marcks is a sadistic killer, but it's not gore for its own sake. THE DARKNESS OF EVIL is a well-constructed, tautly-written page-turner.


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