L.A. lawyer Barry Lewis, the note on his front door spells danger.
To LAPD Detective Jessie Drake, it is as ominous as the Star
of David scrawled across Lewis’s paint-smeared door. Lewis,
Jessie learns, is everyone’s enemy. The Jewish community is
inflamed when he represents neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers
determined to parade in their neighborhoods on Hitler’s birthday.
son of Holocaust survivors himself, Lewis despises his clients—yet
vehemently defends their First Amendment rights. Then
hate turns to homicide, and Jessie is forced not only to find
a killer, but to face her own prejudices and feelings about
the Holocaust, along with some startling revelations about her
city and herself. Meanwhile, passions are rising…and the "angel
of death" prepares to strike again.
for Angel of Death
"May be Anthony Award winner Rochelle Majer Krich’s most important
book yet.. . .With hate crimes on the rise all over the country,
Angel of Death fordes us to take a look from both sides."
Los Angeles Times
"An unusual choice of material for a crime novel, but it
creates a high seriousness that is also unusual in a crime novel…[Krich]
uses her well-plotted stories and roundly depicted characters
to give a sympathetic, close-up portrait of what for many readers
may be largely unfamiliar terrain."
"What lifts it out of the ordinary (and what will cause it to
linger in your mind) is its perceptive take on the roots of
bigotry, the issue of liberty versus license, and what it means
to be a Jew in today’s complex society."
"Well written, with an intriguing plot…offers both a good mystery
and some provocative insights into the Jewish tradition and
the effects of prejudice, hate, and fear."
"Krich keeps her debate at the boiling point."
"Krich offers her message in a creative way, and Jessica…makes
an engaging companion."
"Thoughtful and insightful writing at its most compassionate."