A chilling and stunningly written noir mystery set inside Warsaw’s Jewish ghetto – and told by a man who by all accounts should be dead and gone…
In the autumn of 1940, the Nazis sealed 400,000 Jews inside a small area of the Polish capital, creating an urban island cut off from the outside world. Erik Cohen, an elderly psychiatrist, is forced to move into a tiny apartment there with his niece and his beloved nine-year-old nephew, Adam.
One bitterly cold winter day, Adam goes missing. The next morning, his body is discovered in the barbed wire surrounding this Jewish ghetto. The boy’s leg has been cut off, and a tiny piece of string has been left in his mouth.
For what possible reason has his body been desecrated?
Erik fights off his crushing rage and despair by vowing to find his nephew’s murderer – and take revenge. His childhood friend Izzy – whose quick courage and wicked sense of humour keeps Erik from losing his nerve – joins him in the desperate and dangerous search.
Soon, another body turns up – this time a girl’s, and one of her hands has been taken. Evidence begins to point to a Jewish traitor luring children to their death…
In this profoundly moving and darkly atmospheric historical thriller, Erik and Izzy take the reader along with them into the most forbidden corners of Nazi-occupied Warsaw – as well as into the most heroic places of the heart.
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