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House of Ghosts

House of Ghosts is a gripping mystery that takes readers through some of the most harrowing and most shrouded history of the twentieth century. From modern-day boulevards of suburban New Jersey to the streets of 1930s Brooklyn, through the halls of pre-war Princeton to the piers of Havana, this is a story you won’t be able to put down. On an August day in 1944, Allied air forces launched a top-secret aerial assault on the I.G. Farben synthetic oil and rubber plant, the flight plan taking bombers directly over the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp five miles away. Considering the threat endured by the Jewish population at such a late stage of their persecution, why did Allies fly a mission that bypassed Hitler’s most notorious extermination camp without once trying to knock out the gas chambers or railways? In the sweltering summer of 2000, at the estate sale of the late Preston Swedge, an alcoholic recluse and World War II veteran, a diary including details of that 1944 aerial assault is found by retired detective Joe Henderson. He reads descriptions of a rogue attempt by a Jewish-American pilot, Paul Rothstein, to drop bombs on Auschwitz to prevent the imminent murder of another 300,000 Jews. What follows is Henderson’s determined search for the truth, where we meet up with such notables as Charles Lindbergh, Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau, Jr., General Fulgencio Batista, in a shocking revelation as to why the raid on Auschwitz never happened.