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Title:
Moving Day : a thriller
Author:
Stone, Jonathan, 1956-
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Publication Information:
Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
273 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
Forty years' accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke--they are proof of a life fully lived. When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke's past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside.

When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Stanley Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades ago, as a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz, he eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps and dodging Nazi soldiers. Now, the seventy-two-year-old Peke must summon his original grit and determination to track down the thieves, retrieve his things, and restore the life he made for himself. Peke and his wife, Rose, trace the path of the thieves' truck across America, to the wilds of Montana, and to an ultimate, chilling confrontation with not only the thieves but also with Peke's brutal, unresolved past.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781477818244
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Forty years' accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke--they are proof of a life fully lived. A life he could have easily lost long ago.

When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke's past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps and dodging Nazi soldiers. Now, the seventy-two-year-old Peke--who survived, came to America, and succeeded--must summon his original grit and determination to track down the thieves, retrieve his things, and restore the life he made for himself.

Peke and his wife, Rose, trace the path of the thieves' truck across America, to the wilds of Montana, and to an ultimate, chilling confrontation with not only the thieves but also with Peke's brutal, unresolved past.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Con men have always preyed on the elderly, but Nick has it down to a science. When his moving van and crew show up at Stanley Peke's New England home a day earlier than expected, the 72-year-old Peke figures he must have confused the days. The men carefully load every object into the waiting van, and Stanley and his wife prepare for their cross-country move to a smaller home in California. But when the real movers show up the next morning, Stanley and his wife are devastated. Of course, they are insured, but the feeling of violation pushes long-buried memories to the forefront. Stanley is a Holocaust survivor who lost everything, including his family, to the Nazis, and he is determined that it will not happen again. He devises a plan to get back his belongings, but things go terribly wrong. Well-developed characters, vivid settings, and tautly written suspense make this a true page-turner, sure to appeal to Harlan Coben and Laura Lippman fans.--Alesi, Stacy Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Crisp, elegant prose distinguishes this exceptional crime thriller from Stone (Parting Shots). Nick, an accomplished grifter, preys on the elderly, but he grossly underestimates 72-year-old Stanley Peke, who plans to move to Santa Barbara, Calif., with his wife after 40 years in Westchester, N.Y. The day before the real moving men are due, Nick and his team arrive at the Pekes' house "in crisp green uniforms, an immense white truck behind them." The physically robust Stanley has started to forget little things, like where he puts his keys or his wallet, so he assumes he has the date wrong. After packing up and loading the Pekes' possessions in the white truck, Nick and crew head for Montana. This betrayal brings back memories of Stanley's horrific boyhood in Poland escaping the Nazis. With steely resolve, he sets out on a cross-country road trip to retrieve his stolen property. Readers will cheer this unlikely hero every step of the way. Jill Marr, Sandra Djikstra Literary Agency. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

A scam, as slick as it is heartbreaking, binds the lives of two men in this cerebral thriller. When 72-year-old Stanley Peke and his wife, Rose, move from their longtime Westchester, NY, home to retirement in Santa Barbara, CA, the moving crew arrives a day earlier than expected, and the next morning-when their real movers arrive-the couple find that everything they own has been stolen. Despite his having insurance coverage, Peke-a Polish Holocaust survivor born Stanislaw Pecoskowitz-is taken back to the terrible loss he suffered as a seven-year-old child. And he wants his things back. When he realizes that the thief also got the key to his safe-deposit box, Peke devises a way to locate his belongings and retrieve them. Peke has not only the will but the resources to follow through with his plan, but he underestimates the resolve of ringleader Nick Pelletiere, as events turn dangerous, even deadly. While Stone's exploration of the inner lives of his two adversaries occasionally slows his narrative, he takes readers on a spellbinding ride. VERDICT From the author of the Julian Palmer series this is a compelling mystery with a moral foundation.-Michele Leber, Arlington, VA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.