House Of Ghosts

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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 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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""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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House Of Ghosts accomplishes the almost impossible task of teaching, inspiring, and entertaining all at the same time. At first look, this appears to be a compelling contemporary detective story. But it soon turns into an exploration of anti-Semitism and Jewish resistance to Nazism in the United States in the years preceding World War II. The book reaches its climax as American Jews seek save Auschwitz inmates through aerial bombing (based on historical fact) while anti-Semitic forces conspire to thwart their efforts. Author Larry Kaplan brings the past to life, offering an illuminating and empowering vision of Jewish resistance to Nazi inhumanity. House Of Ghosts is a compelling story I recommend to anyone interested in Jewish history, or great mystery stories. --K. G. Morris, PhD - Adat Shalom, Bethesda, MD

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