Voices of the Dead by Peter Leonard

voices of the deadThe 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. (From Amazon.ca)

This was filled with suspense and action it was hard to put down once you start reading. It’s a pretty fast read surprisingly enough, and the characters were memorable and likable. I found it difficult to picture, only because I rarely read books taking place in 1971. Sometimes I would forget that it was set in this year, and I’m wondering why the characters haven’t reached for their cell phone or googled anything for extra information. Then I remember, ah, 1971, yes, forgot about that. So it took a little longer for me to get used to this setting.

The characters in this book are very well done. I loved Cordell Sims. He was the one who gave you a laugh when you needed it, was there when you needed that extra hand, he was overall a very loyal sidekick and entertaining to read. I liked how Sims and Harry met. It was also nearly comical how he always managed to be with Harry when things got out of hand.

The plot was very well done, it’s fast paced, and quick. The only thing that I had trouble with was the writing style of the author. It was almost blunt, and quick to the point. The descriptions did not really flow, and instead it felt like he was just making a list of their characteristics and then moving onto the story. It just seemed a little haphazard sometimes. Nevertheless after several pages, you do get used to the book and the reading flows later on.

It’s a good book and worth the read. I definitely recommend this. Actually, if you liked Ted Dekker’s Obsession, you will like this book. Both stories aren’t the same but it runs along the same subject matter. It was a pleasure reading this book and if there is going to be a sequel in the works, I’ll be on it.

I give it an 8 out of 10.

Thanks to Partners In Crime Book Tours for letting me host this book tour!

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