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Synopsis: Second Lieutenant Tommy Hart, a navigator whose B-25 was shot out of the sky in 1942, is burdened with guilt as the only surviving member of his crew. Now he is just another POW at the fiercely guarded Stalag Luft 13 in Bavaria.
Then routine comes to a halt with the arrival of a new prisoner: First Lieutenant Lincoln Scott, an African American Tuskegee airman who instantly becomes the target of contempt from his fellow soldiers. When a prisoner is brutally murdered, and all the blood-soaked evidence points to Scott, Hart is tapped to defend the soldier. In a trial rife with racial tension and raw conflict, where the lines between ally and enemy blur, there are those with their own secret motives, and a burning passion for a rush to judgment, no matter what the cost.
Review: Stalag 17 meets the best of John Grisham in this tremendously exciting and moving new thriller, about a murder trial inside a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. John Katzenbach has taken elements of his own father's history in such a camp, added a racial twist (the defendant is a black pilot, a member of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen), and created a memorable adventure story that soars with hope and cries out to be filmed.
The first thing that former law student Tommy Hart does after his B-25 is shot down and he--the only survivor--is captured, is to fill out a form for the International Red Cross, telling his family he's alive and requesting, under "Special Items Needed," a copy of Edmund's Principles of Common Law. Amazingly, the book is waiting when he arrives at Stalag Luft Thirteen in the Bavarian woods. Hart soon puts it to good use, defending (with the help of two other prisoners, a former London barrister and a Canadian police detective) the prickly, proud Lieutenant Lincoln Scott when he is charged with killing a racist and corrupt fellow prisoner. The Nazis, especially a resident SS observer, have their own reasons for wanting the trial to be seen as a fair one, and it takes place against the backdrop of a planned mass escape.
Katzenbach deftly balances a dozen major characters with credible scenes of legal and extra-legal action. His previous thrillers, available in paperback, include Day of Reckoning, In the Heat of the Summer, Just Cause, The Shadow Man, State of Mind, and The Traveler. --Dick Adler
Title: Hart's War
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 2000
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Ballantine Books 8/1/2000, 2000. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: Good. 0345426258 Ships promptly. Bookseller Inventory # MDT8035AOAJ11022011H2058A
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Book Description Ballantine Books. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2729026763
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Book Description New York, NY, U.S.A.: Ballantine Publishing Group, 2000, New York, NY, U.S.A., 2000. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Mass Market Paperback. Historical. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. This paperback is in good condition. The spine does contain some creases. But the book is all in tact and in need of someone to read it. We have cheap media mail rates. We ship daily and we ship on saturdays. We even drop ship. Bookseller Inventory # 007843
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR008293846
Book Description Ballantine Books, 2000. Book Condition: Very Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP94365443
Book Description Ballantine Books, 2000. Book Condition: Good. Ships from the UK. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP94474707