By Ronald H. Balson
FromNazi-occupied Poland to a Chicago court docket Elliot Rosenzweig, a revered civic chief and prosperous philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser whilst he's unexpectedly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek. even though the fees are denounced as preposterous, his accuser, Ben Solomon, is confident he's correct. Solomon urges legal professional Catherine Lockhart to take his case, revealing that Otto Piatek was once deserted as a toddler and raised by means of Solomon's kinfolk basically to betray them throughout the Nazi profession. yet has he accused definitely the right guy? after we have been Brothers is the compelling story of 2 boys and a relatives that struggles to outlive in war-torn Poland. it's also the tale of a tender legal professional who needs to face not just a robust adversary, yet her personal self-doubts. lives, worlds and sixty years all on the right track to collide in a fast moving felony mystery. the writer, Ronald H. Balson, is a Chicago trial lawyer and educator. His perform has taken him to foreign venues, together with small villages in Poland, that have encouraged this novel.
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Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson