Story Plant paperback
Fiction Studio Books e-book
Publication date: January 17, 2012
“Voices of the Dead is a historical suspense thriller novel that will captivate fans of both historical and suspense thriller genres, it is a must read!”
– Jersey Girl Book Reviews
Harry Levin, a Holocaust survivor and scrap metal dealer in Detroit, lives a quiet life until he gets a late night phone call telling him his daughter has been killed in an automobile accident. Harry goes to Washington DC to claim the body and finds out the other driver is a German diplomat who was driving drunk. Ernst Hess, the diplomat, is granted immunity from prosecution. Harry, whose parents were killed at Dachau, follows Hess to Munich to exact his own vigilante justice, and hears the voices of the dead that haunt his past.
Ernst Hess is still a dedicated Nazi twenty-six years after the Holocaust. What makes Hess a compelling villain is his ability to blend in. He seems harmless, even avuncular. His victims underestimate him and then it's too late. Hess is a psychopath who kills without remorse, and yet, at times he's surprisingly human. Hess' mission is to hunt down Harry Levin and Joyce Cantor, who witnessed his death squad murder six hundred people in the forest outside Dachau concentration camp in 1942.
Cordell Sims is a likable street hustler. He sells dope to a receptive clientèle in the Detroit projects. After an undercover cop busts him, Cordell, looking at hard time, enlists in the army in lieu of incarceration. But after punching out his DI, he’s dishonorably discharged. Out of the army and back in one of his trademark leisure suits, Cordell feels free again. By chance he meets Harry Levin in a Munich rathskeller and these two mismatched minorities from the Motor City take on Hess and an army of Neo-Nazis bent on their destruction.
When Joyce Cantor, a Holocaust survivor visits Munich for the first time in almost thirty years, she’s horrified when she sees Ernst Hess coming out of a restaurant. Hess is the SS officer who had her shot, thrown into a pit, and left for dead with hundreds of other Jews in 1942. Joyce is an eyewitness who can help convict Hess of war crimes and crimes against humanity. But when she returns to her hotel room and sees a swastika painted on the wall, Joyce loses her nerve and gets out of Germany as fast as she can. Little does she know, Hess will be coming for her.
The year is 1971. The place is Detroit. Harry Levin, a scrap metal dealer and Holocaust survivor, has just learned that his daughter was killed in a car accident. Traveling to Washington, DC to claim the body, he learns that the accident was caused by a German diplomat who was driving drunk. This is only the beginning of the horror for Harry, though, as he discovers that the diplomat will never face charges – he has already been released and granted immunity. Enraged and aggrieved, Harry discovers the identity of his daughter’s killer, follows him to Munich, and hunts him down. What Harry finds out about the diplomat and his plans will explode his life and the lives of everyone around him.
Brimming with action and dark humor, Voices of the Dead, firmly positions Peter Leonard as a writer ever suspense fan needs to read.
“This one is a must read. Don’t miss it. If you like suspense, thrillers and history this book is for you!”
– Sweeping Me
Voices of the Dead
“If you haven't read Leonard before – and you must – this is a great place to start.”
– The Guardian
“Voices of the Dead is Peter Leonard’s most ambitious book to date.”
“Tautly plotted and gripping on every page…. What a story – fine, fine writing Peter Leonard!”
– Crystal Book Reviews
“For those who like noir fiction that’s infused with a good dose of testosterone, this should prove an enjoyable read.”
– Jewish Book Council
“A story that won't let you go from a writer that has truly found his stride.”
– The View from the Phlipside
“A riveting, wild ride of a story, with enough twists and turns to keep you glued to the edge of your seat.”
– Simple Pleasures Books
“A great read…. Highly recommended!”
– CMash Loves to Read
“Completely blew me away.”
“I read this book in a day and a half because I just couldn’t put it down. From page one, it’s nothing but action that leaves you dying to know what happens next.”
– The Top Shelf
“The story keeps you on the edge of your seat and the pages rapidly turning.”
– Dollycas's Thoughts
“Leonard delivers the goods. It’s a complex plot driven rollercoaster of suspense, tension, and chills and a great read. Enjoyed it. Definitely recommended.”
– Spinetingler Magazine
“If you like suspense and historical novels, this is the book for you.”
– Books R Us
“This was an absolutely wonderful book.”
– The Musings of a Book Addict
“Voices of the Dead is a non-stop rollercoaster ride from Page 1. Peter Leonard drops us into the story and it never stops moving from that moment until the very end.”
– Popcorn Reads
“A very suspenseful story that comes right out of history. I highly recommend this book and I hope to read more by this author.”
– Celtic Lady’s Reviews
“What a mind bender! The writing style of Mr. Leonard is simply amazing.”
– Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
“Leonard is obviously a great talent. It’s good to read a politically motivated crime novel, and I’ll definitely be waiting for the sequel to come out to see what Harry does next.”
– Cultural Tale of Two Cities
“Wow! Peter Leonard has hit it out of the ball park with this action-filled suspense novel.”
– Reviews By Molly
“It cuts deep into the reader's mind and heart.”
– Everything Distills into Reading
“What a great thriller.”
– Sweeping the USA
“Peter Leonard is the latest addition to my list of favorites.”
– Col’s Criminal Library
New York Times bestselling author Thomas Perry said of Peter Leonard’s first novel, Quiver, “Peter Leonard has a good ear for voices, a good eye for detail, and a talent for bringing together elements that can’t do anything but explode.” New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen said of Peter Leonard’s second novel, “Trust Me is fast, sly and full of twists.” Peter Leonard is a rare suspense writer that is also a true wordsmith. You’ll revel in his prose as you thrill to his stories.