Gregg Keizer The Longest Night

ISBN 13: 9780399151705

The Longest Night

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9780399151705: The Longest Night

A thrilling debut that puts an unforgettable new spin on the World War II suspense novel: what if the Resistance had approached the notorious Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky for help?

Leonard "Mouse" Weiss has worked as a hit man for Meyer Lansky-the legendary Brooklyn Jewish crime boss-for years. But with his last "drop," Mouse has blown it, big-time. Now Lansky needs Weiss out of town fast . . . and along comes the perfect opportunity.

An underground Resistance movement based in Europe needs muscle and money to intercept a train carrying Dutch Jews to their deaths. They've timed their plan carefully. The U.S. State Department and the British Foreign Service are about to meet in Bermuda to discuss what is happening to Europe's Jews, and if this rescue can be pulled off while the conference is under way, it could finally galvanize the Allies to take action.

Killing two birds with one stone, Lansky sends a reluctant Mouse to do the job with simple instructions: Do not screw this one up. But Hitler's Europe isn't Canal Street, and before he knows it, Mouse finds himself ensnared in a race against capture that grows more complicated and deadly with each passing second. And this time he's looking out for more than just himself.

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About the Author:

Gregg Keizer is a reporter for the TechWeb online news service and is at work on his second novel.

From Publishers Weekly:

When Mouse Weiss, a hit man for Jewish mafia boss Meyer Lansky in 1943 New York City, screws up a hit by leaving a witness alive, he is sent to war-torn Europe to rescue thousands of Dutch Jews before they can be shipped to concentration camps in this suspenseful tale of wartime conspiracy and betrayal. Cynical Mouse, resentful of the assignment, plans to steal the $100,000 Lansky gives him to fund the plot as soon as he gets a chance. But he has his hands full dealing with his unorthodox partners: a crazy German Jew and a resistance cell of idealistic Dutch patriots infiltrated by traitors and collaborators. The plan is to highjack a train of Jewish prisoners and race to the Dutch coast where fishing boats will pick everyone up, but German counter-intelligence is very good, and soon the resistance is on the run. Ambushes and shootouts lead to a riveting showdown, and then to a moment of truth for Mouse, who must take responsibility for the fate of those in his charge—and for that of Reka, a fierce Jewish resistance fighter with whom he has fallen in love. Nail-biting wartime action is heightened by charged moral decision-making in this strong first novel with a surprisingly tragic ending.
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