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The Black Life - A Novel of Jewish Collaborators in the Holocaust

by Paul Johnston

Crime / Mystery Thriller and Suspense

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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

Prolific Scottish crime writer Paul Johnston lives in Greece and his long-established and now resurrected Alex Mavros series features a half-Greek and half-Scots private sleuth who specialises in missing person cases and presently appears in his fifth outing. His dual heritage mark him as man with a conflicting sense of identity and something of an outsider wherever he treads, which makes for an engaging sleuth with a strong social conscience. Echoing the rise of fascism and Greek's economic woes and rampant corruption, The Black Life sees Mavros seeking out the fate of a Thessaloniki Jew who was deported to the concentration camps during WW2 and how it connects with present. Hardboiled to a tee and intense, this is a contemporary thriller with a conscience.

Maxim Jakubowski

The Black Life - A Novel of Jewish Collaborators in the Holocaust Synopsis

Half-Greek, half-Scots P.I. Alex Mavros takes on one of his strangest and most difficult cases when he’s asked to trace a man who’s returned from the dead. A wealthy jeweller Samuel contacts Mavros after his Uncle Aron is spotted in the streets of Thessaloniki in northern Greece. But that’s impossible. Because Aron Samuel perished in Auschwitz more than sixty years before.


The case takes an even stranger twist when Mavros, accompanied by the jeweller’s enigmatic daughter Rachel, travels to Thessaloniki to question the elderly witness. For Aron Samuel is denounced as a traitor and murderer: was he really a Nazi collaborator?


Alternating between World War II and the present day, the shocking account throws a disturbing new light on the horrors of the Holocaust, revealing the full terrible truth about the fate of Thessaloniki’s 50,000 Jews – and the devastating present-day consequences.

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The Black Life - A Novel of Jewish Collaborators in the Holocaust Press Reviews

“Johnston is one of the best there is, and The Black Life is his finest novel yet” Mark Billingham

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ISBN: 9781780295404
Publication date: 01/08/2014
Publisher: Creme de la Crime an imprint of Severn House Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781780295404
Publication date: 1st August 2014
Author: Paul Johnston
Publisher: Creme de la Crime an imprint of Severn House Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,

About Paul Johnston

Paul Johnston is one of the UK's most highly regarded and exciting crime writers. He rocketed onto the scene with his debut novel, Body Politic, which won the Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Memorial Dagger for best first novel in 1997. Set in a futuristic Edinburgh run by a supposedly benevolent totalitarian regime, it introduced the maverick investigator Quintilian Dalrymple. A further four novels (forming a quintet, by design, oh yes) consolidated Quint's position in contemporary crime fiction's Premier League of engaging and unusual heroes. Body Politic has recently been optioned for film/ TV, and Paul is working on a new ...

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