Meet Steven Hartov author of The Soul of a Thief on Tuesday, July 17 at 6:30PM!
The Soul of a Thief
As the end of World War Two nears, a young German soldier concealing his Jewish heritage plots an escape from his commander and the war – and plans to bring his commander’s mistress with him.
In the Spring of 1944, I realized that I was not going to survive the war….
Shtefan Brandt, adjutant to a colonel of the Waffen SS, has made it through the war so far in spite of his commander’s habit of bringing his staff into battle and in spite of the heritage that he has so far managed to conceal. Instead, his growing interest in his commander’s mistress may be the end of him, were Colonel Erich Himmel to notice.
Colonel Himmel has other concerns, however. He can see the war’s end on the horizon and recognizes that he is not on the winning side, no matter what the reports from Hitler’s generals may say. So he has taken matters into his own hands, hatching a plan to escape Europe and the Allies only after stealing a fortune from them.
A fortune which Shtefan, in turn, plans to steal from him….
For fans of Alan Furst, Philip Kerr, and Joseph Kanon, Steven Hartov captures the turbulent emotional rush of those caught behind the lines of Occupied France, where one false step could spell death and every day brings a new struggle to survive.
Steven Hartov was born in New London, Connecticut, attended public schools in New England and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Boston University. In 1973, he joined the U.S. Merchant Marine Military Sealift Command, beginning a series of adventures that would later appear in his non-fiction pieces and fictional works. In 1977, he volunteered for the Israel Defense Forces Airborne Corps, serving first as a paratrooper and later in a Special Operations branch of Israeli Military Intelligence. He subsequently spent 13 more years as a reservist in the IDF, and currently serves as a Task Force commander, rank of major, in the New York Guard. His trilogy, The Heat of Ramadan, The Nylon Hand of God, and The Devil’s Shepherd, earned nominations for the National Book Award, top ten placements in the Book of the Month Club and translations into six foreign languages. In co-authored the New York Times nonfiction best seller, In the Company of Heroes, and most recently co-authored The Night Stalkers.