This fascinating historical novel is based on a little known group of Holocaust survivors. DIN was a group of about fifty male and female resistance fighters in the ghettos, who banded together after the war to avenge the Nazis. Sam Bourne, pen name for Jonathan Freedland, sets the story in post 9/11 New York. The United Nations is on high alert when there is a tip about a possible attack. Gerald Merton is shot and killed when it is thought that he is about to detonate himself in front of the UN building. Was this a mistake, or was he in fact on a mission to attack someone in the UN during the General Assembly? Was he acting alone? Who was he targeting? The hunt for clues leads former UN attorney Tom Byrne and Rebecca Merton, daughter of the dead suspect, around London and back to Manhattan to gather clues from Merton’s past. With unexpected twists and graphic details about the Kovno ghetto and mass killings done by the Nazis, the facts about the Jewish avengers are true; sources may be found in the author’s note in the back of the book. There is an abundance of Holocaust literature, but I highly recommend this tale to fill the reader in on a little known group of Jewish heroes.
Miriam Bradman Abrahams is a Cuban-born, Brooklyn-raised, Long Island-residing mom. She is Hadassah Nassau’s One Region One Book chairlady, a freelance essayist, and a certified yoga instructor who has loved reviewing books for the JBC for the past ten years.