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Author: Alan Elsner Narrator: Keith Szarabajka Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781481589604
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Brimming with surprising characters, chilling political revelations, and a heart-pounding climax, The Nazi Hunter is a thrilling debut and “an action-packed story” (Jewish Book World).

A gripping thriller, The Nazi Hunter mixes fierce partisan Washington politics, the search for ex-Nazi criminals, and a crazed, right-wing militia intent on bringing down the government. Nicknamed “the Nazi Hunter,” Marek Cain, deputy director of the Office of Special Investigations at the Justice Department, has for ten years been the point man for tracking down ex-Nazis who have fraudulently entered the United States since World War II and bringing them to justice.

Late one afternoon, a distraught German woman eludes security and slips into Cain’s office. “I have documents,” she says, “important documents only for the Nazi Hunter.” She promises to bring them the next day. When she doesn’t show, he dismisses her as just another crackpot. But when he reads in the Washington Post the next morning that the woman has been brutally murdered, he senses he’s on to something big. He must find those documents. The trail leads from Washington to Miami, to Boston, to Germany and Ukraine, and eventually to the Belzec extermination camp in Poland, where half a million Jews were murdered in the winter of 1942.

The Nazi Hunter is a thriller that combines romance, political intrigue, music, religion, and culture. Meticulously researched, it takes the reader on an intellectual journey into the seamy side of Washington, the heart of darkness in Europe and the lair of America’s fascist militias. Nobody who reads it will fail to be entertained, amused, and profoundly moved.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] gripping debut thriller…[A] compelling tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Elsner, a former foreign correspondent, brings the work of the Office of Special Investigations to readers. They will learn some history while enjoying an action-packed story.”

    Jewish Book World

  • The Nazi Hunter is more than a novel—it’s a lesson in history and morality. Elsner’s story burns with a passion for justice. But he also knows how to dish out the thrills. He grabs you on the first page and doesn't let you go until the last.”

    David Cesarani, author of Becoming Eichmann

  • “An experienced journalist with two nonfiction books behind him, Elsner now makes his thriller debut, focusing his intense beam on a young lawyer who hunts Nazis for the feds in Washington, DC…Engagingly written and attentive to the work of authentic Nazi hunters, Elsner’s novel chimes with the bells and whistles of a thriller while tracing the honest emotions of its appealingly sincere characters.”

    Library Journal

  • The Nazi Hunter grips the reader from the start. I seriously hope that this is not the last readers will hear of Marek ‘Mark’ Cain and his job as Deputy Director for the Office of Special Investigations.”

  • “A very enjoyable book that kept me engrossed from beginning to end. Elsner provides a good blend of character development, historical research, romance, insights into orthodox Judaism, Washington politics and, of course, suspense that will have you turning the pages at a rapid pace.”

  • “Entertaining…The plot twists accelerate nicely…An intriguing protagonist, terrifying historical lessons, and a well-orchestrated, pulse-pounding conclusion.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danimdavis | 12/8/2013

    " This was an execellent book. I finished it awhile ago but it was definitely intriguing. Fact and fiction meshed very well in this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitch | 8/11/2013

    " I found this book to be very good. it always kept me on my toes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 12/30/2012

    " Excellent spy/thriller! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 12/19/2012

    " Of course I loved this. It's set in Main Justice and Rock Creek Park, and I want to work for OSI when I grow up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skip | 10/27/2012

    " Story of a Jewish Washington lawyer, who tracks down Nazi war criminals. Decent action, reasonably interesting characters, and good job of integrating religion without it being overbearing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 8/18/2012

    " An entertaining if somewhat predictable story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 6/21/2012

    " It is a so-so thriller. I read it more for the politics of Nazi hunting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 6/1/2012

    " Good book a little disturbing in parts! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 5/31/2012

    " Enjoyed book, but found it flawed. Stilted at times. Writing halting, but plot good, premise satisfying and characters of interest. "

About the Author

Alan Elsner was a Reuters correspondent for more than twenty-five years, first in the Middle East, then as bureau chief for Scandinavia, and later as State Department correspondent. From 1994–2000 as chief political correspondent, he traveled with President Clinton covering the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections. He lives outside Washington, DC.

About the Narrator

Keith Szarabajka has appeared in many films, including The Dark Knight, Missing, and A Perfect World, and on such television shows as The Equalizer, Angel, Cold Case, Golden Years, and Profit. Szarabajka has also appeared in several episodes of Selected Shorts for National Public Radio. He won the 2001 Audie Award for Unabridged Fiction for his reading of Tom Robbins’s Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates and has won several Earphones Awards.