- File Size: 305 KB
- Print Length: 184 pages
- Publisher: Fig Hollow (February 10, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 10, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079WS2LD3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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The Zero Commandment (The Charlie Singer and Katie Walker Series) Kindle Edition
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Lawrence writes in a near conversational style, gradually introducing his characters and the environment in which they find themselves, and then introduces the flags that will point the way toward the evil to come. For instance, during a severe dust storm in 1935 Oklahoma Jack Bell steps out of the dust storm into his home – ‘His wife was lying on the floor, her face and the front of her dress covered in dried blood. She’d been lying there for a while. He went over to her, holding her, lifting her head, desperate to breathe life back into her. But Jack had seen death up close since he was a boy. He knew there was no breathing life back. He knew his wife and his unborn child were gone… He listened and thought he heard the swirling wind and the rabbits with crushed heads and the baby in the tiny coffin crying with him.’
This being Volume 3 of The Charlie Singer and Katie Walker Series the main characters are well known to Lawrence’s readers. We first encounter them in New York City in 1941 I entered Central Park through The Merchant’s Gate at Columbus Circle. In the daytime, especially on weekends, children screamed and ran through the Gate on their way to the Heckscher playground. Now it was getting to dusk, the dark side of twilight, and there were few people wandering around. I stopped when I heard the sound. There was a cry off to my left. I first thought it was a wounded animal, but then it happened again and I realized it was someone in trouble. I started walking quickly. I wasn’t sure where I was going. A memory of a sound isn’t a useful compass. The sound haunted me, so I began to run. There it was again. It was the sound of pain and fear. Then I saw them. Two men wearing silver shirts and blue ties. The shirts had the scarlet letter L over the heart. The men also had blue corduroy trousers. One of the men was kicking a young woman. He was the bigger one, with blond hair so short he almost looked as though he had shaved his head. His eyes had a hunger for blood. I moved toward them. The blond man was screaming at the small woman on the ground. She was trying to protect herself by bringing her arms and legs as close as she could to her body and putting her hands over her face. “Say it again,” the man yelled. “Tell us you’re a dirty Jew.” He kicked her in the ribs. I was close enough now. “Stop it,” I yelled to them. “Leave her alone.”
The synopsis outlines the plot of this new volume well – ‘It is 1941. The country is on the edge of war. In New York, three men are murdered. The detective Charlie Singer is drawn into the case after rescuing a young woman being attacked in Central Park. With Katie Walker, his partner, Charlie deals with a famous gossip columnist, an organization devoted to fighting Hitler, and a violent group of haters. As Charlie uncovers the lies and secrets, he discovers a blossoming relationship with Katie who is undergoing a major life change.’
Powerful tale spinning – beautifully written and rich in suspense and a full taste of American history all related by wholly three-dimensional characters. Reading Book 3 encourages the reader to back track and read the entire series. This is an exciting author. Grady Harp, April 18
The book has humor, drama, romance and intrigue. Author Lawrence J. Epstein has done his homework well and he describes the events and occurrences of the time in a realistic and believable manner. Looking into negative things- the fact that I would like to raise is that the author worked on making his hero a little too positive and white. I would have liked if the protagonist had some grey shades too. For example he is always into helping people and making them feel at ease. He is not money minded and is ready to pay people extra even though there is no viable source of income. Other than that one fault the book was interesting and engaging and a good read.
Charlie Singer saves a woman from two Nazi type goon. We know that we are going to like Charlie.
The novel is not limited to solving the murders. It is equally the story of people, both the primary characters and the New York City Jewish population and the Nazi movement in the city. The reader gets a feel, an understanding of New York prior to our entry into the war. This atmosphere is a definite story enhancement.
This is a gripping story with realistic, fascinating characters: a protagonist that can stumble a bit, who underneath his exterior is both an exceptional and ordinary human. Actually, the human element makes the book. The novel is filled with dialogue that keeps the story in motion. Yes, there is romance (almost). First, Charlie has feelings for a Jewish woman, but that cannot be, and then for Katie, his partner.
...an easy read that holds reader interest. Reviewed by the author of The Children's Story, About Good and Evil.