A psychological thriller about a former member of the SS in contemporary America. Horst Gerhard Schneider was once a young, naïve member of the SS. An obedient and valued novice, Schneider soon found himself promoted and playing chauffeur to Reinhard Heydrich, one of the most infamous Nazi leaders to be found in the pages of history. Now in his 80s, Schneider is still at large, living in anonymous poverty in a North American city. When the desecration of a synagogue rocks his community, the elderly war criminal suspects that a troubled teenaged neighbour may be responsible. Refusing to be silently complicit for a second time, Schneider must confront both the demons of his own youth and the anti-Semitism that still thrives half a century later and half a world away.
Guilt and wisdom, memory and metamorphosis fill this powerful narrative to overflowing.
Leon Berger lives and works in Montreal. He is the author of Tabloid Trash: A Murder Mystery and Globo Sapiens: Fiction for a Business Class Lounge, described by Time magazine’s Donald F. Brown as “immensely entertaining and engaging.”
Published: October 2001
Dimensions: 6.75 x 9.75 in.