In THE BUTTERFLY, Paul M. Hedeen takes us back to the fall of 1963, a few weeks before President Kennedy’s assassination. An obscure émigré Russian professor dies of a stroke—or so it is believed. The professor’s eccentricities and complicity create both mystery and jeopardy as his documents lead his student backward into a century of famine, political terror, and war and forward into a bewildering underworld of malevolent opportunists, unstable identities, and improvised histories.
When the student falls in with the troubled daughter of the Nazi elite, she becomes his lover, guide, and tormentor as both are irresistibly drawn into the dark aftermath of World War II. Memoirs, fairy tales, fiction, and scenarios interweave and reveal the postwar fate of Eva Braun and secrets concerning the famous Holocaust photo, “The Last Jew in Vinnitsa.”
Page Count: 380
Release Date: 2/21/2019
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"Among the many virtues that distinguish this intensely-researched, ground-breaking, literary, novel is the engaging prose. His sentences are as packed as an ammo train and almost as threateningly explosive while his unfolding narrative tension comes as suddenly as a pistol shot.”
— Gary Eller
author of Thin Ice and Other Risks