Friday, June 30, 2017

San Francisco Nights by Greg Messel

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"Another tantalizing continuation of the mystery series surrounding the lives of Private Investigators Sam and Amelia Slater. This book was sultry, captivating, and impossible to put down. In this suspenseful story, a wealthy damsel named Helen Latos has been receiving threatening messages from an anonymous harasser in regards to her affair with a married man. The messages contain quotes of Bible verses that state that adulterers shall be put to death. Seeing as she herself is married also, the messages leaves Helen feeling like her life is in danger just as much as her secret lover.

Frightened and vulnerable, Helen comes to Sam and Amelia for help, but something about her demeanor puts Amelia off. Despite her situation she is clearly attracted to Sam, and obviously has no problem seducing married men -- but ultimately her plea for help as well as her offer to pay double for their services wins them over and they decide to take her offer. As they begin working on her case, the messages get more personal and include information about the affair that only someone that is close to the situation could know about, which complicates things further. Could the person who is sending these messages be someone that Helen trusts? 

As all of this is taking place, the man who previously stalked and kidnapped Amelia, Simon Blanco, has escaped from jail. His unhealthy obsession with Amelia fuels him and he devises a plan to capture her...and this time, he is determined that nothing will stand in his way. This time, he is sure he will not be caught, and he will do all the terrible things to Amelia that he has fantasized about during his time in prison. Amelia's nightmares about him worsen as she receives news of his escape and puts her and those around her on edge.

Seeing this story all come together was riveting. I read the book start to finish in one sitting; it was just so hard to put down! I love a good mystery book and Greg Messel's Sam Slater series never disappoints. This book is amazing even as a standalone. I thoroughly enjoyed it!"
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Friday, March 3, 2017

New Novel Explores Four Decades of Research on Survivor’s Guilt After the Holocaust

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In his new novel, ‘Out of the Depths’, author David Harry Tannenbaum uses fictional Holocaust survivor Dr. Bernard Helgman to highlight the survivor’s guilt that plagued many after the Holocaust. Tannenbaum spent four decades interviewing Holocaust survivors and compiling research.

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In his new novel, Out of the Depths, author David Harry Tannenbaum uses fictional Holocaust survivor Dr. Bernard Helgman to highlight the unresolved—and, perhaps, unsolvable—trauma that follows a man long after he leaves the barbed wire fence behind. Survivor’s guilt is now a recognized emotional and psychological condition that sometimes follows military personnel home from the war.

After World War I, people started using the term “survivor’s guilt” to describe the returning soldiers who carried the heavy burden of guilt that often comes from surviving when others did not. After World War II, doctors saw similar anxiety symptoms in Holocaust survivors they observed in soldiers who survived combat or citizens who survived natural disasters, terrorist attacks, plane crashes, and sudden loss of jobs.

It is these feelings that plague protagonist Dr. Bernard Helgman, who is haunted by dark memories and remorse of his time in Auschwitz, before he was even an adult. During the Holocaust, Helgman—a Jewish prisoner—had been forced to assist the SS doctors in their gruesome experiments.

David Harry Tannenbaum says, “Helgman's struggle to put Auschwitz behind him is a powerful story of our human drive to survive whatever life throws our way.” Tannenbaum says this story is important to him, after learning more about the Holocaust during law school. Despite having grown up Jewish, Tannenbaum had not been exposed to an in-depth examination of the Holocaust.

He spent the next forty years making up for it. In law school, he read cases stemming from the Nuremburg Trials. After graduation, while doing charity work in New Jersey, Tannenbaum met a man who had his concentration camp number tattooed on his arm. He was inspired to talk to Holocaust survivors and research the long-term mental and emotional impact of the trauma it caused, culminating in Out of the Depths.

David Harry Tannenbaum

David Harry Tannenbaum is a retired patent attorney and the author of five mystery novels, as well as a novel on autism and Asperger's 's syndrome—Standard Deviation. Originally from the East Coast, David was introduced to South Padre Island in 1992. Tannenbaum, and his wife, Mary, now live on the island with their dog, Franco. When not on the Island, David and Mary can usually be found enjoying Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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