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Thu
Oct 30 2014 11:00am

World War II: The Genre’s Best Fiction

For novelists, the Second World War is a canvas with the primary colors already filled in — a conflict of cataclysmic proportion that changed not only the map of the world, but reached deep inside the souls of nations. Moreover, it's the last major conflict in which writers feel comfortable embracing one side without reservation, eschewing the moral relativism which comes off as literary faint-heartedness in stories about subsequent contests between good and evil. Here’s my list of the best novels about World War II.

Exodus by Leon Uris (1958)

The British kept the gates of Palestine closed to the Jews throughout the war, knowing that other avenues of escape led up the chimneys of Auschwitz. Shining a light on this injustice, Uris portrayed the run-up to Israel's War of Independence through the eyes of Holocaust survivors fleeing the displaced persons camps of Europe. It's probably the only American World War II novel in which the British are the villains. Readers embraced Uris's narrative: Exodus became the biggest fiction bestseller since Gone with The Wind.

[What else made the list?]

Mon
May 28 2012 12:00pm
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False Negative: New Excerpt

Joseph Koenig

False Negative by Joseph KoenigAn excerpt of False Negative, a noir thriller by Joseph Koenig (available June 5, 2012).

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Adam Jordan wrote the best and worst articles of his journalistic career on the same day. The worst was bad enough to get him fired—but the best landed him a new job, penning lurid articles for Real Detective magazine, one of the last of the true-crime pulps.

Only the case they’ve got him working on, involving a beauty pageant contestant found dead on an Atlantic City beach, is one some very powerful men would rather see covered up than covered. And if Adam keeps digging, he may find he’s digging his own grave . . .

 

There were no cops at the beach. No dog-walker. He pulled off the pavement, keeping out of the soft sand. From the dune she watched a cruise ship strung with colored lights sailing to warm waters. A black pup was hunkered by the tide line. He kept an eye out for its master until the animal wriggled into the surf on stubby flippers, and dove under the waves.

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