A story of bravery, betrayal, and redemption – from the winner of the National Jewish Book Award.
Chicago, 2018: Ole Henryks, a popular restauranteur, is set to be honored by the Danish/American Association for his many civic and charitable contributions. Frequently appearing on local TV, he is well known for his actions in Nazi-occupied Denmark during World War II – most consider him a hero.
Britta Stein, however, does not. The 90-year-old Chicago woman levels public accusations against Henryks by spray-painting “Coward”, “Traitor”, “Collaborator”, and “War Criminal” on the walls of his restaurant. Mrs. Stein is ultimately taken into custody and charged with criminal defacement of property. She also becomes the target of a bitter lawsuit filed by Henryks and his son, accusing her of defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Attorney Catherine Lockhart, though hesitant at first, agrees to take up Mrs. Stein’s defense. With the help of her investigator husband, Liam Taggart, Lockhart must reach back into wartime Denmark and locate evidence that proves Mrs. Stein’s innocence. Defending Britta Stein is critically acclaimed author Ronald H. Balson’s thrilling take on a modern-day courtroom drama, and a masterful rendition of Denmark’s wartime heroics.
A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin’s Press
Britta Stein has been caught. And she is being sued. But, this 90 year old lady has nothing to hide and she is determined to get her story out there for the whole world to hear.
Ole Henryks is a popular restaurant owner in Chicago. He is about to be honored for his charitable contributions. But, Britta knows a secret from WWII and she is spreading the word by painting disparaging words on the side of his restaurant. Ole Henryks is not taking this lying down. He is suing Britta for defamation of character.
Catherine Lockhart has decided to take the case. It is going to be difficult to prove Britta is telling the truth. It has been around 75 years since the war. Plus, Britta and Ole are in their 90s. This trial is going to be very strenuous to both parties.
Britta is a character which pulls at your heart and your soul. As she tells her narrative, the reader is captivated by her country, her family and their situation.
To say I loved this book is an understatement. I devoured this story. It is so well researched and so well written. I also believe the uniqueness of the Danish situation in WWII is another reason for my fascination. I do not think I have ever read about the Danes during the war.
Gabra Zackman is the narrator and is excellent! She was Britta. No doubt in my mind. She made this character come alive.
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I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.