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Story Merchant Books (October 29, 2014)
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About the book:
The year is 2039, and Jack Fisher is the last living
survivor of the Holocaust. Set in a world that is abysmally ignorant and
complacent about events of the last century, Jack is a 100-year-old man whose
worst memories took place before he was 5. His story hearkens back to the
Jewish ghetto of his birth and to Auschwitz where, as a little boy, he had to
fend for himself to survive after losing all his family. Jack becomes the
central figure in a missing-person investigation when his granddaughter
suddenly disappears. While assisting police, he finds himself in danger and
must reach into the darkest corners of his memory to come out alive.
Note from the Author:
research included spending time with real-life, former child survivors. To illustrate the point of this novel, we produced a
video and went around asking university students in Toronto where I live what
they know about the Holocaust and World War II. The level of ignorance out
there is incredible. Have a look.
Amernic is a Toronto writer who has been a newspaper reporter and
correspondent, newspaper columnist, feature contributor for magazines, and
media consultant. He has taught writing and journalism at college, and is the
author of several books.
first book was Victims: The Orphans of
Justice, a true story about a former police officer whose daughter was
murdered. The man became a leading advocate for victims of crime. Jerry later
wrote a column on the criminal justice system for The Toronto Sun, and has
since been a contributor to many other newspapers. In 2007 he co-authored Duty – The Life of a Cop with Julian
Fantino, the highest-profile police officer Canada has ever produced and
currently a member of the country’s federal Cabinet.
first novel Gift of the Bambino (St.
Martin’s Press, 2004) was widely praised by the likes of The Wall Street
Journal in the U.S., and The Globe and Mail in Canada. His latest novel is the
historical thriller The Last Witness,
which is set in the year 2039 and is about the last living survivor of the
Holocaust. The biblical-historical thriller Qumran
will be released next. It’s about an archeologist who makes a dramatic
discovery in the Holy Land.