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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The; Reprint edition (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611880327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611880328
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“If you haven't read Leonard before – and you must – this is a great place to start.”
– The Guardian

“Tautly plotted and gripping on every page…. What a story – fine, fine writing Peter Leonard!”
– Crystal Book Reviews

“A story that won't let you go from a writer that has truly found his stride.”
– The View from the Phlipside

“A riveting, wild ride of a story, with enough twists and turns to keep you glued to the edge of your seat.”
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“A great read…. Highly recommended!”
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“Completely blew me away.”
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“I read this book in a day and a half because I just couldn’t put it down. From page one, it’s nothing but action that leaves you dying to know what happens next.”
– The Top Shelf

“The story keeps you on the edge of your seat and the pages rapidly turning.”
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About the Author

Peter Leonard's debut novel, Quiver, was published to international acclaim in 2008, and was followed by Trust Me in 2009 and All He Saw Was the Girl in 2011. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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His characters are well defined and interesting.
Rhoda Brophy
This dark time period in the world's history was respectfully and accurately described in the story by the author.
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The story keeps you on the edge of your seat and the pages rapidly turning.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By K. Sozaeva VINE VOICE on March 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Disclosure: I received a free e-galley from netGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis from Goodreads: Detroit, 1971. Harry Levin, scrap metal dealer and holocaust survivor, learns that his daughter has been killed in a car accident. Travelling to Washington DC, he's told by Detective Taggart that the German diplomat, who was drunk, has been released and afforded immunity; he will never face charges. So Harry is left with only one option - to discover the identity of this man, follow him back to Munich and hunt him down. The first of a two-hander, Peter Leonard's new novel is a classic cat-and-mouse thriller. Told with swagger, brutal humour and not a little violence, it follows a good man who is forced to return to the horrors of his past.

My Thoughts: Harry Levin was just a teen during World War 2 when he and his family were taken to a camp. He managed to escape and get to America after the war, but I won't go into details and possibly spoil anything for you. This story interweaves his past in Munich and the camps and his present (1971) in Detroit as a scrap metal dealer. This is a well-written thriller, full of suspense. While we're all along aware of exactly who has done what - this is suspense, not mystery - the twists and turns that occur to Harry and those around him are what makes it an interesting read. Also the wonderful details that help the reader fit into the time frame. A highly recommended book for those who enjoy thrillers and suspense, especially mixed in with historical situations. I will be reading and reviewing his next upcoming book, All He Saw was the Girl, soon.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Harry Levin and his father were at Dachau in 1942. Harry escaped; his father was executed. In 1971, Harry is a scrap metal dealer living in Detroit. His daughter is killed in Washington D.C. by a drunk driver who is released from custody because he has diplomatic immunity. When the State Department refuses to identify the diplomat, Harry does some snooping. Assisted by a D.C. police detective named Taggart, Harry learns that the German diplomat is Ernest Hess. Rather coincidentally, Taggart is also investigating the murder of a Jewish dentist and his wife. The reader knows (but Taggart doesn't) that Hess is the murderer. He goes on to commit similar crimes in Germany as Harry trails behind him, looking for an opportunity to avenge his daughter's death.

If you can swallow the premise -- a respected member of the German parliament who is expected one day to run for the office of chancellor is visiting the United States for the purpose of committing murders -- the story that Peter Leonard constructs around it is moderately entertaining. The premise itself is so implausible -- and for the sake of avoiding spoilers I haven't mentioned its least credible aspect, a coincidence so unlikely it made me laugh out loud -- that I found it impossible to suspend my disbelief. Thrillers often skate on the edge of credibility but this one skates out of the rink.

The story has the feel-good quality of a revenge fantasy and it that's what floats your boat, this one will certainly be satisfying. My preference for thrillers to be at least slightly grounded in the real world didn't stop me from cheering for Levin.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By sandyintt on February 28, 2013
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To be clear, the book is okay; just about competent for the genre. What is worth studying, though, is the marketing. Peter Leonard is the son of Elmore Leonard. Dad wrote 'Get Shorty' and is in the pantheon. The son writes clichéd, unlikely stories in which people kill people whenever they feel like it and reality is far away. There is no humour. And yet, listen to the blurb...

Leonard Jr. is a 'must-have voice in suspense fiction'. This sounds stupendous, but is actually a contradiction in terms. The novel is, we are assured, his 'most compelling, most jaw-dropping yet'. If there is true meaning to this, it is, don't read the earlier ones. It features a new character, we are told, that 'you are unlikely to forget soon'. This refers to a scrap-dealer/Dachau-survivor whose bumbling efforts at revenge cause the deaths of other Dachau survivors who had made it into the 70s before 'Harry' turned up. I repeat, there is no humour.

If I rant that the claims made on the book cover are simply not true, it'll just sound as though I need to get out more. But wait, there's more...

A cheesy introduction from Dad! Elmore, naturally enough, thinks his son is the bee's knees. But, with respect, all his cloying intro does is make it clear why the son got a publishing contract in the first place.

Call me a purist, but - as dear old Public Enemy once advised us - don't believe the hype.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sarita Lopez on February 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Peter Leonard is a very skilled writer and in his book Voices of the Dead, it shows. I have to admit that at first, I found the writing style to be a little confusing, but as you progress you fall in stride right away.

Harry Levin's daughter is killed in a car accident, and when he finds out that the person who caused the accident is a drunk, German diplomat that won't face ANY charges for his crime, he decides it's time to take matters into his own hands. After a few close calls, and failed attempts to try and kill his daughters murderer I found myelf fighting to put the book down.

Voices of the Dead moves fairly quickly and evolves very well. Even though this is not the typical type of book that I read, I really enjoyed the way Peter Leonard gives us flash backs of Harry Levin's life so that we learn what happened to his family, what he went through growing up, we learn a bit about his wife and of course, his daughter.
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