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Moving Day : A Thriller
by Jonathan Stone


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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781477818244
  • ISBN-10: 1477818243
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
  • Publish Date: June 2014
  • Page Count: 284
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.83 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-03-17
  • Reviewer: Staff

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)

 
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