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Blood money : a mystery
Krich, Rochelle Majer.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Avon Twilight, [1999]

Physical Description:
341 pages ; 22 cm
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X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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Compelled to further investigate the seemingly open-and-shut case of an elderly man found dead in the woods, a victim who bore a Holocaust tattoo on his arm, Jessica Drake uncovers a series of murders in which Holocaust survivors have been targeted.

Author Notes

Rochelle Majer Krich was born in Germany to Holocaust survivors. She received a master's degree in English from U.C.L.A. and taught high school English for eighteen years. During this time, she received the Milken Families Foundation Award for Distinguished Educator of the Year and the Samuel Belkin Memorial Award for professional achievement. In 1990, she published her first novel, Where's Mommy Now?, which won the Anthony Award. She also writes the Jessie Drake series and the Molly Blume series. Dead Air won the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Mystery or Suspense and Grave Endings won the Mary Higgins Clark and Calavera Awards.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Jesse Drake isn't new to the ways of a cop. She knows personal involvement can compromise a case, but when an elderly man discovered murdered in the park is found to be a Holocaust survivor, she can't help but invest more of herself than usual in the investigation. Her own recently uncovered Jewish background helps forge her committment to the old man, whose life spins out before her on tapes he made about his wartime experiences. As she pieces together what she learns from the tapes with the activities of the man's last few days, she uncovers links to a frightened old woman and a philanthropic organization concerned with recovering property stolen from Jews by Nazis during the war. Greed is at the heart of this well-paced, low-key mystery, which offers plenty of twists and turns as it delivers an eye-opening look at some harrowing history and the evil ways men continue to exploit its victims. --Stephanie Zvirin

Publisher's Weekly Review

LAPD detective Jessica Drake isn't your usual cop. She's compassionate and sympathetic toward others, and in her third, compelling appearance (after Angel of Death, 1994), she uses a canny sixth sense and relentless investigatory drive to bring her latest case to an astonishing conclusion. The body of an elderly man has been found on a golf course, a vial of digitalis in his pocket. Did he die of a heart attack or was he murdered? Although pressed by other, high-profile crimes that need solving and not encouraged by a cost-conscious boss, after noticing concentration camp numbers on the victim's arm, Jessica painstakingly establishes his identity and retraces his steps over the past several days. By questioning several edgy and cautious managers of retirement and convalescent homes, she pieces together a horrifying scenario: someone is murdering Holocaust survivors. Worse, the Steele Foundation, a philanthropic organization founded by a Holocaust survivor and dedicated to helping survivors reclaim their assets, seems to be implicated. Is the foundation keeping some Swiss bank accounts for itself? Is the fabulous Steele art collection composed of stolen works? This is a richly textured, gripping and, at times, deeply moving novel, enhanced by Jessica's confrontation with her recently discovered Jewish identity. Admirers of mystery at its most provocative will thank the author for this book‘and for bringing back one of the more intriguing detectives in the field. Agent, Sandra Dijkstra. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved