Cursing the Darkness
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Rex Last has acquired all the very best ingredients for an absorbing novel. A large helping of well-scripted German history with many
twists and turns; a substantial seasoning of suspense; all mixed with doses of humour and a good pinch of romance and sex. The result:
a hugely enjoyable experience.
The patient is Rudi, a cross-dressing cabaret comedian with a strange tale to tell, and the group expands with the recruitment of Thomas, chief mechanic of the city's transport system, who is disgusted at the cover-up of the killing of a young Jewish girl, and his friend Max, curator of the city's museum and art gallery, who has already been protecting and spiriting away significant works of art looted from Jewish homes.
Because of their activities, Thomas is faced with the threat of death in a concentration camp and Johann is captured by the SS officer whom he shamed for his actions. The group make a courageous attempt to release Johann from the Gestapo interrogation cells.
It is now too dangerous for them to continue on their present path, but their undertakings have remarkable and unexpected consequences.
A touch of satirical humour
The title of the book draws on a quotation from Eleanor Roosevelt: 'It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness'.