The Auschwitz Violinist, The second book in the Adam Lapid mystery series, is now available for purchase on Amazon, in both kindle and paperback.
This novel takes place in 1950, about a year after the conclusion of the first book in the series, The Dead Sister. Like its predecessor, it is a standalone mystery, though I would recommend reading The Dead Sister first as it introduces the characters, not just of Adam Lapid, the holocaust survivor, former Nazi hunter, war hero, and private investigator, but also some secondary characters.
I wrote The Auschwitz Violinist without an outline or much planning. I started with a daily word quota in mind, and I took great pains to stick to it, no matter what life threw at me.
The story evolved sentence by sentence, scene by scene, until one day I knew who the villain would be and what his motive was. Once that decision was made, I needed to keep on writing to see how Adam Lapid would figure out the mystery. I actually wrote the confrontation scene at the end of the book before I wrote some of its middle sections, as I had no idea what to put in them at the time.
This novel is a murder mystery first and foremost, but it’s not just that. It deals with the manner in which the Jews in Israel who had lived there during the Second World War saw Holocaust survivors. To say that those Jews did not understand what their brethren had gone through would be a colossal understatement.
The novel also touches on how survivors strove to fight their demons and rebuild their life. Many survivors suffered from mental problems and survivor guilt. Many were left utterly alone in the world, with their entire family murdered by the Nazis. How they continued to function is a question I’ve often wondered about. The conclusion I came to is that the desire to live a full life is a powerful thing.
I hope you will enjoy The Auschwitz Violinist, and I’m looking forward to getting your feedback, questions, and remarks.