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Sophie, a Holocaust survivor, says she's just caught sight of Der Schattenmann (the Shadow Man), who hunted down the Jews of Berlin. He was a "catcher," a Jewish man who worked for the Gestapo. Once you glimpsed the Shadow Man, nobody ever saw you again. But Sophie just saw him, she's sure of it, right here in Miami!
Simon doubts it, but when Sophie is murdered, he doesn't believe that Leroy "Hightops" Jefferson, the crack addict seen sprinting out of her apartment with her jewelry, did the deed. Why was Sophie's cat strangled? And when another Holocaust survivor dies, why does his suicide note omit one letter of his wife's name? Did he write it at gunpoint? Simon and young sleuths Walter Robinson and Espy Martinez hunt the Shadow Man, and even Leroy winds up showing a streak of heroism.
Besides a clever premise, Katzenbach--a Miami Herald veteran--packs a lot of vivid local color into his Edgar-nominated mystery about a town where drug killings are so common the cops call them "felony littering." But the characters are simplistic and the narrative pace sluggish by comparison with Katzenbach's World War II POW murder mystery, Hart's War. --Tim Appelo
This is the first book I have read by Katzenbach and I was very impressed. His characters literally jumped off the page and their voices were distinct. Read morePublished on May 16 2004
The book was pretty good, but seemingly incredible. The antagonist was a presumably 70 year old man who somehow struck fear in the heart of a 30 year-old Miami detective. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2000
After reading Just cause that was unbelievable good I had huge expectations from this book. However this book is not as half as good as Just Cause. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 1999
This Book is a definate page turner. Each chapter is full of exitment and intrige. I recomend it to any one who likes thrilling books.Published on March 30 1998 by John D'Alessandro (JDLT@Juno.com)
A fast paced thriller with enough facts to keep with reality. For anyone who enjoys WWII fiction such as WINTER, THE BERKUT, etc, will appreciate this bookPublished on March 26 1997