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Hart's war
John Katzenbach
Paperback / softback
Little, Brown
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Life isn't easy when you should have died,' recalls Second Lieutenant Tommy Hart, the navigator whose B-25 was shot out of the sky in 1942. Hart, burdened with guilt as the only surviving member of his crew, becomes just another captive at the fiercely guarded Stalag XIII in Bavaria. But routine comes to a halt with the arrival of a new prisoner:; First Lieutenant Lincoln Scott, a black American airman who instantly becomes the target of contempt of his fellow officers. His most notable adversary is Bincent Bedford, a decorated bomber captain from the Deep South. The hatred between the two men is as volatile as a grenade with the pin withdrawn. When another prisoner is brutally murdered, and all the blood-soaked evidence points to Scott, Hart is tapped to defend the soldier, who steadfastly claims his innocence. Yet from the start, Hart senses he has been chosen merely to make a show of defending the accused in what is presumed to be an open-and-shut case. In a trial rife with racial tension and raw conflict, where the lines between ally and enemy blur, there are those with their own secret motives - and a burning passion for a rush to judgement, no matter the cost.

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John Katzenbach's first novel was the Edgar Award-winning IN THE HEAT OF THE SUMMER. He has been a criminal court reporter for the Miami Herald and the Miami News.

John Katzenbach's best book so far. HART'S WAR may be a tale of a murder committed in bizarre circumstances, but on a deeper level it is a novel about honour and heroism.
Philip Caputo

HART'S WAR is that rare but delicious find - a book you hate to see come to an end.
Anita Shreve

A compelling read. Its portrayal of the tedium, suffering and occasional terror of prision life is impressive, while the courtroom scenes in particular are electrifying.

Katzenbach's seamless joining of investigative thriller and wartime adventure is brimming with detail and atmosphere that ought to catch next year's CWA jury's eye.

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Race relations - Fiction.|World War, 1939-1945 - Prisoners and prisons, American - Fiction.
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