Eric Dezenhall “The Devil Himself”

July 13th, 2011

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Some people believe that if you’re fighting something — somebody — evil, you pull out all the stops. You do what it takes. You ally yourself, if need be, with another, lesser evil. In World War Two, America was in battle with evil. And, for a while, it seems, we did ally ourselves with a lesser evil.

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Eric Dezenhall uses that episode in American history as the foundation for his historical novel “The Devil Himself.” It’s the story, told through fiction, of how the U.S. Navy enlisted the aid of organized crime to fight the Nazis.

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Philip Kerr “Field Gray”

May 16th, 2011

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Life before, during, and after World War II was never easy for Berlin private detective Bernie Gunther. In Philip Kerr‘s seventh Bernie Gunther novel, “Field Gray,” Gunther himself takes the reader on a guided tour of the carnage he has witnessed, the no-way-to-win choices he has had to make, and the people who want him dead.

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“Field Gray” begins in 1954 Cuba, but when Bernie is arrested by the U.S. Navy, he ends up in CIA custody undergoing enhanced interrogation about his links to the Nazis — even though Bernie is the first to proclaim how much he hated Hitler. And then there’s Erich Mielke, one of the characters Philip Kerr did not invent, whose very existence may be more threatening to Bernie than anything else.

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