- Paperback: 378 pages
- Publisher: Churlish Press (April 10, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 069269059X
- ISBN-13: 978-0692690598
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sharon Potts is the award-winning, critically acclaimed author of five psychological thrillers, including In Their Blood—winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award and recipient of a starred review in Publishers Weekly. A former CPA, corporate executive, and entrepreneur, Sharon has served as treasurer of the national board of Mystery Writers of America, as well as president of that organization’s Florida chapter. She has also co-chaired SleuthFest, a national writers’ conference. Sharon lives in Miami Beach with her husband and a spirited Australian shepherd named Gidget.
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Early in this provocative novel, the author describes the sculptured figures created by one of its more intriguing characters: these works displayed
"a lightness and an energy, as though her creations are about to step off their marble bases and finish what they have begun." That is precisely the impact of Sharon Potts' compelling characters. They possess a lightness and an energy that seems to make them determined to step out of the pages of the book and press forward to finish what they have begun. The era, the setting, the issues and the slice of society explored in the novel - the red-scare years, the Rosenbergs, the Lower Eastside of New York - are familiar echos of my early years. All was so accurately and provocatively well reported. I connected with each of the delicious characters; I knew them all very well. And, they were, and still are, so very hard to part from. When to that fine texture, you add a spectacularly sneaky and impressively cagey plot, you end up with a tingling thriller that is warm-hearted, hard to put down and impossible to forget.
The 1953 execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg as Soviet spies who equipped their masters to develop nuclear weapons galvanized the nation - Americans one way and Jewish Americans in most cases with more ambivalence, if only out of sympathy for their fellows.
But a great number of American Jews, particularly those who were immigrants or the children of immigrants, living in New York City, shared a deep and convoluted background with the Rosenbergs that others in America had little means of appreciating. As time has passed, our distance from the people, places and times that produced the Rosenbergs - and their accusers - has grown ever greater.
The book brings it all "back," for the first time for me and the majority of Gentiles who had but fleeting glimpses into the multifarious reality that produced the actors in the drama. As much as can be done in the pages of a book, Potts delivers the sights, the sounds, the memories, the hopes and the fears of those many, now grown few, who lived through the tumult just before, during, and just after World War II, when the passionate dance between Judaism and Communism took its followers through unimaginable twists and turns.
There is only one "spy" executed in this story, and the Rosenbergs are only people mentioned at one point in the narrative - background, not characters. But aside from that fiction, Potts depicts possible realities that apply fascinatingly to the couple who were actually executed. And those who executed them.