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Book Review: Hitler’s Silver Box by Allen Malnak

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Dr. Allen Malnak’s Hitler’s Silver Box is a compelling thriller that will keep the reader glued to the pages of the book until the book is finished.

Max Bloomberg, an old bookseller, living in one of Chicago’s affluent suburbs is brutally murdered. However, Max suffered a lot of trials and tribulations even before he was murdered. The killers burned all of his holy books and forced him to turn over the silver box. But he refuses to give it to them. So, they murder Max.

Bruce, Max’s nephew, learns about his uncle’s murder and is devastated. Bruce becomes suspicious of the unexpected nature of the murder and knows in his heart that foul play must have been involved. What even adds to Bruce’s suspicions is that he learns that Max has been cremated. But an orthodox Jew would never want to be cremated. Then in a real twist the uncle leaves Bruce a lot of money and property which makes Bruce himself a suspect.

Things get much more complicated when Bruce starts searching for the journal that his uncle left. The reader is then transported to 1945 when Max was a prisoner in a concentration camp. Innocent people were killed all over the place and Bruce discovers that he must find the Silver Box before it is too late. The secret document is hidden within it, and it could the save the world from Nazi resurgence.

I love the novel. The premise for the book is unique and tension filled. The stakes are very high. The plot is rich with complications and contains a variety of different conflicts as well as an engaging love subplot. The style of the novel is clear, the structure is skilled, and the ending is satisfying. I could not put the book down until I finished reading it in one sitting.

This is a debut novel for Dr. Allen Malnak. Dr. Malnak makes use of his medical knowledge in the plot, creating situations which initially seem hopeless but which are resolved in surprising ways. What a journey for any reader to take. So, buckle your seat belt, and get ready for a good read. And don’t forget to take a pitcher of coffee along with you. You will need it.

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