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Krich, Rochelle Majer

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ISBN 10: 0892965088 / ISBN 13: 9780892965083
Published by The Mysterious Press, New York, 1994
Condition: Very Fine Hardcover
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A 372 page Jessie Drake mystery by an Anthony Award-winning author. SIGNED by the author on the title page. First edition, first printing. Dust jacket is enclosed in a clear mylar cover. Book will be carefully packed and shipped in a box. Bookseller Inventory # 7477

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Publisher: The Mysterious Press, New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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Some things are uglier than homicide - and ultimately as dangerous. For Barry Lewis, a Los Angeles attorney famous for handling controversial cases, danger comes in the form of a note on his front door: "The Angel of Death spared your forefathers - will he spare you?" To LAPD detective Jessie Drake, the message is as ominous as the red paint smeared across Lewis's doorposts and the Star of David scrawled across his door. Is this threat intended only for Lewis, or for the entire Jewish community? Lewis, Jessie soon learns, is everyone's enemy. Especially now that he's representing a group of neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers, and skinheads who want to parade through two predominantly Jewish neighborhoods on Hitler's birthday. The Jewish community, enraged, is preparing for a confrontation. Lewis - who is the son of Holocaust survivors and does not sympathize with any hate groups - is determined to defend his clients' First Amendment rights. But at what cost? How will the police maintain public order? How many lives are at stake? With the date of the parade looming before her, Jessie intensifies her investigation and starts to examine her own beliefs, her own prejudices, her own feelings towards a historical event that snuffed out the lives of millions of innocent people. Hate suddenly turns to homicide. As Jessie desperately searches for leads among extremists of all stripes, she'll uncover revelation after revelation: about the case, about her city, about herself. Meanwhile, passions are rising. Violence threatens to erupt again. And the "angel of death" hovers nearby...

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This year, April 20 is not only Hitler's birthday but Holocaust Remembrance Day--and what better way for neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers to celebrate than to parade through the Jewish suburbs of L.A.? Not everybody agrees, however: Barry Lewis, the lawyer who's defending the White Alliance's right to march, has been getting vituperative phone calls and hate mail from the Jewish community (his own father denounces him), and somebody's painted a Star of David on his front door. Matters only go from bad to worse after the parade, when a Holocaust survivor has a fatal stroke after being shoved by White Alliance organizer Roy Benning, and Lewis is pressured to defend Benning against criminal charges. With so many factions (Lewis's family, the deniers and supremacists, and organizations ranging from the ACLU to the Shield of Jewish Protectors) tensely watching each other, the scene is set for some tough debate--until Lewis is blown up by a car bomb. Other principals in the case are threatened with similar treatment (``Prepare for the Angel of Death'') and meet fates neatly foretold by a well-known Jewish prayer. Eventually, the furious energy Krich has poured into her explosive conflict abates, leaving only Detective Jessica Drake's emotional reaction to the news of her own Jewish roots and a routine pattern-murder story surprisingly reminiscent of Fair Game (1993). Though the contenders never miss a chance for partisan posturing, Krich keeps her debate at the boiling point for 200 pages until the inevitable violence simplifies the issues and the story settles into a heartfelt lecture about anti-Semitism. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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