- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (8 Feb. 1974)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552094366
- ISBN-13: 978-0552094368
- Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Odessa File Paperback – 8 Feb 1974
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I do not want to say much as the fun is being surprised during the reading. However compared to the movie the book is much more in-depth with more characters and details. Manny times you think Forsyth is going off on some tangent and not focusing on the main story; then with out warning the information makes sense later on. One example to look for is the quick encounter with military maneuvers where he describes the tank sergeant.
It is the night of the John F. Kennedy assassination. Peter Miller, freelance reporter in the process of chasing ambulances is disappointed by the apparent suicide of a person of no consequence.
Turns out the dead man is holocaust survivor Salomon Tauber; he left behind a diary of his experiences. Miller reads this diary and seems particularly interested in some details. This inspires him to do a story on what happed to prominent people that where in the "National Socialist German Workers' Party". His quest puts him at odds with many people including an organization, O.D.E.S.S.A, (Organisation der ehemaligen SS-Angehörigen), that was designed to help the SS escape justice. He also encounters independent agents out for their own agenda. Then there is the MOSSAD. Everyone accuses Miller of having his own secret agenda and not just out for a story. Can they be right?Read more ›
One day freelance German photojournalist Peter Miller comes into possession of the diary of an old concentration camp survivor who has recently committed suicide. The diary details the man's physical and mental torture in Riga, and claims that the camp commandant is still alive and living in Germany. Miller is simultaneously appalled at the atrocities described and eager for a big scoop, and so sets out to track down SS Captain Roschman (the real life "Butcher of Riga"). He quickly discovers to his surprise that the newsmagazines aren't interested in the story, it's explained to him that no one wants to pay to read about horrors perpetrated on Jews in some other country.
Miller decides to proceed on his own, and the book turns into a kind of procedural thriller as he doggedly pursues sources of information across Germany and it starts to dawn on him that no one is particularly interested in hunting down ex-Nazis. The combination of former Nazi influence in the police, along with the the realpolitik of the situation (live ex-Nazis vote, dead Jews do not), mean that the official channels are largely window dressing.Read more ›
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re-reading lots of books from way back... this is one! All good...Published 6 days ago by S. B. Millar
Very good, very well written, as always. Haven't read the other two yet.Published 13 days ago by Michael Peter Senior
Forsyth is an enjoyable experience for any reader. I first read Day of the Jackal and I still can feel the tension of his plot. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Constant Reader
i loved ths book from srart to finish. A great story Fast moving and as fresh now as if it was written this us year i'm looking forward to reading more from ForsythPublished 2 months ago by ANNE WRAITH
I tried to read this but it just wasnt for me. It was boring confusing and dull.Published 3 months ago by ACC
Compared to The Day of the Jackal, this is decidedly less of a page turner. The best parts of the book are those concerning the workings of the Odessa, their strong ties with Egypt... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joost Kiefte