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A story of justice through the ages . . . and revenge.
Germany, 1945. The bloodiest war in history is at an end. Now the retribution and search for justice begins. In a series of Nuremberg trials, war criminals are hanged or commit suicide. Others are judged and sent to prison for their part in the most heinous crimes of all time.
But in the final trial, one in which ordinary Germans are forced to confront their complicity, a leading American defense counselor has to consider questions of good and evil when he defends a simple mechanic, a man who kept the gas chambers in working order.
As his trial progresses, Wilhelm Deutch, a Nazi mechanic within the concentration camps, is forced by a court to confront his past with nobody to speak on his behalf. Only one man, Joachim Gutman, a Jewish survivor of Auschwitza living hell, the worst of all the concentration campsknows the truth. Gutman knows that Deutch was a life-saving hero, not another sadistic villain that those who barely survived the camps claim him to be at the trial. To save Deutch from a certain-death sentence, Gutman must come forward to testify on his behalf, but hes nowhere to be found.
And half a century later, it falls to the defense counselors granddaughter, a young and brilliant lawyer, to correct a grievous miscarriage of justice and ease the moral conscience of Germany. But has there been a miscarriage of justice? As she delves deeper into the evil Nazi past, she is faced with a conundrum that threatens her very sanity.
About the Author
is an influential columnist for the Spectator, the Australian and contributes to other highly regarded magazines. He appears regularly in the media as a commentator on human rights and international politics. Alans career as a novelist started with the publication of the internationally successful The Jericho Files, followed by bestselling thriller The Lost Testament. Several of his twenty-plus books have been optioned for movies. Alan lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and three children.