Published: June 1, 2014
Forty years’ accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke—they are proof of a life fully lived. A life he could have easily lost long ago.
When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke’s past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps and dodging Nazi soldiers. Now, the seventy-two-year-old Peke—who survived, came to America, and succeeded—must summon his original grit and determination to track down the thieves, retrieve his things, and restore the life he made for himself.
Peke and his wife, Rose, trace the path of the thieves’ truck across America, to the wilds of Montana, and to an ultimate, chilling confrontation with not only the thieves but also with Peke’s brutal, unresolved past.
The writing is a bit repetitive and I found this distracting but the mystery was played well. It made the climax worth the wait! The severity of Stan's secrets are exposed for more than just the surface grievances that many readers could have guessed. I love that there was a dark twist to the story and think mystery fans would really like this one.
I did enjoy that we were able to see the pov of the antagonists. Their reasonings, to them, are quite logical. They're also ruthless and intelligent, which are two traits you wouldn't want to face off against, especially in your 70's.