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The Warsaw Anagrams by [Zimler, Richard]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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Beautifully written, moving and disturbing, this packs a powerful, emotional punch. (Guardian)

A mystical, mesmerising murder thriller. (Lancashire Evening Post)

Gripping. (Independent i)

A rich, serious book. (Independent)

Compelling. (Jewish Chronicle)

A murder mystery and a moving exploration of the nature of good and evil come together in Zimler's riveting and intelligent novel. (BBC History Magazine)

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A chilling and stunningly written mystery set in Warsaw's Jewish ghetto.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 836 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Corsair (24 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JXVYNG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #173,220 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Mar. 2011
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Erik Cohen is an elderly psychiatrist - but that was in 'Before Time'. Before the Nazi's sealed him, and countless others, into the Warsaw Ghetto. Now he lives with his niece, and grandnephew Adam, in a tiny apartment. It is 1940, freezing cold and life has been turned upside down. It seems to Erik that anything can happen, especially the worst. Then Adam goes missing and his body is found tossed on the barbed wire. It has been thrown there from outside the ghetto and his body has been mutilated. Stranger still, Erik finds a piece of string in his mouth and then discovers that other Jewish children have suffered the same fate. With his old friend Izzy, Erik sets off to discover who is luring Jewish children to their death and how, and why, Adam had left the Ghetto. This is a very atmospheric and exciting thriller, with great characters. Although the setting and situation is dark and dangerous, and the author portrays this with great tension and realism, the book also has humour and the spirit of humanity that nobody could take away from Erik and Izzy - who are great heroes indeed. I have never read anything by this author before, but I am sure I will be rectifying that. I read the kindle edition of this book, which was well edited and without typos. Highly recommended.
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A most unusual mystery, because of place and time and the background tragedy of the Warsaw ghetto - indeed the tragedy of Poland, since Hitler hated the Poles almost as much as he hated the Jews. This novel is beautifully written, with a clever plot. It reminds us...we should never forget....of man's inhumanity to man. But importantly it also showcases the nobility of the human spirit. The characters are exquisitely drawn. I could not put it down.
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A beautifully written book. I haven't read anything as good about the Warsaw Ghetto since Mila 18 by Leon Uris. I really enjoyed the way he interweaves history and a criminal investigation. The characters are developed very well and the plot moves inexorably to its conclusion. Reviewed by Tim Ellis - Author of: 'A Life for a Life'.
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This was my first book by author Richard Zimler, i'll be totally honest and say i'd never heard of him before. I love discovering new authors, and even though you shouldn't, there is still alot to be said for a cover of a book, however on this occasion it was the strap line at the foot of the cover which reads "Evil will flourish even when good men fight it", which made me pick it up and give it a try.

I was not disappointed, and couldn't put it down. The book is told through the eyes of Erik Cohen, an elderly man, who is forced to live with his neice and 9 year old great-nephew, Adam. The year is 1940 and the Nazis have sealed 400,000 Jews inside a small area of the Polish capital. Adam goes missing and his body is later found tangled in the barbed wire which surrounds the ghetto. Erik does everything within his power to trap his nephew's killer, even putting his own life at risk in the most forbidden corners of Nazi-occupied Warsaw.

I found this book heartbreaking in places, and because the author done such a fantastic job with the detail and descriptions, it was sometimes really difficult to believe you wern't there, walking those freezing cold Warsaw streets with Erik.

If you read only one book this year, please pick up this book. It's a great story, and will keep you captivated from page 1!
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It's a long time since I've read such a beautifully written and exciting book. The plot is extremely well thought out and grips you totally. Richard Zimler's narrative evoke a period in history which is bleak and shameful and his words paint 'pictures in the mind's eye'. This is a book you won't want to put down and I was sad to finish it. Mr Zimler is indeed a clever writer.
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By Moonlit VINE VOICE on 28 May 2011
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I'm fast becoming aware that having a Kindle is a great way of getting to know new authors. The promotions by Amazon/publishers whereby books are sold at a low price for a few weeks is excellent. As an writer myself, I do worry that the amount received by the author is diluted because of this but hopefully it increases sales in the long run. Anyway, I bought this on a whim during a recent promotion and I'm pleased I did. Set in the Warsaw ghetto during WW2, it is partly a crime novel, with the protagonist Erik setting out to find who has murdered his nephew Adam and in the process discovering that other children have also been murdered. To his horror, it appears that someone in the ghetto has played a substantial part in these crimes. With his friend Izzy (a wonderful character - the sort of friend we all hope to have), he resolves to avenge these murders. More than that though, this is a novel which serves to remind us of the Holocaust.

The privations of life in the ghetto are very well described. You get a very clear picture of what it must have been like there: the lack of food, the poor sanitation, the crowded conditions as more and more Jews were forced to leave their homes and go to live with strangers (one of the Nazi policies for the ghettos was to force strangers to live with each other, not just sharing flats, but sharing rooms).

It is always controversial writing about the Holocaust and I imagine that there will be some who will heavily criticise this novel. Adorno famously wrote "After Auschwitz it is barbaric to write poetry" which has been taken by some to mean that it should not be written about at all.
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