The Soul of a Thief

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March 29, 2018

In the spring of 1944, I real­ized that I was not going to sur­vive the war.

Shte­fan Brandt, adju­tant to a colonel of the Waf­fen SS, has made it through the war so far in spite of his com­man­der’s habit of bring­ing his staff into com­bat, and a pair of secrets that are far more dan­ger­ous than the bat­tle­field. Shte­fan is a Mis­chling and one of the thou­sands of Ger­man cit­i­zens of Jew­ish descent who have avoid­ed the death camps by con­ceal­ing them­selves in the ranks of the Ger­man army. And he is in love with Gabrielle Bel­mont, the colonel’s French mis­tress. Either of those facts could soon mean his end, were Colonel Erich Him­mel to notice.

Colonel Him­mel has oth­er con­cerns, how­ev­er. He can see the war’s end on the hori­zon and rec­og­nizes that he is not on the win­ning side, no mat­ter what the reports from Hitler’s gen­er­als may say. So he has tak­en mat­ters into his own hands, hatch­ing a plot to escape Europe. To fund his new life, he plans to steal a for­tune from the encroach­ing Allies. A for­tune that Shte­fan, in turn, plans to steal from him.

Atmos­pher­ic and intense, The Soul of a Thief cap­tures the tur­bu­lent emo­tion­al rush of those caught behind the lines of occu­pied France, where one false step could spell death, and every day brings a new strug­gle to survive.

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