Jacob's Oath

A Novel

Martin Fletcher

Thomas Dunne Books

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As World War II winds to a close, Europe's roads are clogged with twenty million exhausted refugees walking home. Among them are Jacob and Sarah, lonely Holocaust survivors who meet in Heidelberg. But Jacob is consumed with hatred and cannot rest until he has killed his brother’s murderer, a concentration camp guard nicknamed "The Rat." Now he must choose between revenge and love, between avenging the past and building a future.

Martin Fletcher, who won the National Jewish Book Award for Walking Israel, proved his chops as a novelist with The List, which was selected as the One Book, One Jewish Community title for the city of Philadelphia. Now, in Jacob's Oath, Fletcher brings us another touching novel of love, loyalty, and loss, set in the aftermath of the Holocaust.

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Bergen-Belsen,
April 22, 1945
In the Human Laundry at Camp 2 they barely knew they were naked, man or woman. Laid out like corpses on shiny metal tables, washed, shaved, and disinfected by German nurses, their hips and shoulders jutted out like knives.
Murky water sloshed to the floor and drained away in the central gutter that ran between the stalls of the stable.
Nurses in white coats and white kerchiefs, shrouded in steam, ethereal, scrubbed in silence, one hand resting on an arm or a leg or a head. Helpless inmates squirmed as soap burned their sores and scabs.

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Praise for Jacob's Oath

"A moving love story... A small gem of a novel."
--Booklist

"Engrossing...A page-turner."
--Publishers Weekly

Praise for The List:

"An elegantly written and evocative story of Holocaust survivors. Inspiring."
—Tom Brokaw

"A powerful, affecting work . . . Should be required reading." —Kirkus Reviews

"Moving . . . A touching story that brings a little-known aspect of Jewish history to life." —Booklist

“Extraordinary. Both spellbinding and heartbreaking, with brilliantly rendered characters and a breathtaking conclusion.” —Andrea Mitchell, NBC


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About the Author

Martin Fletcher

MARTIN FLETCHER, Special Correspondent, NBC News, has won five Emmies, a Columbia University Dupont award, and several Overseas Press Club awards. He served as the former NBC News Bureau Chief in Tel Aviv for many years, and now splits his time between Israel and New York City.

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Jacob's Oath
A Novel
Martin Fletcher

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
October 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250027610
ISBN10: 1250027616
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$25.99

Unabridged Compact Disc

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Macmillan Audio
October 2013
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427235350
ISBN10: 142723535X
Audio Run Time: 9:30
$39.99

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Macmillan Audio
October 2013
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427235367
ISBN10: 1427235368
Audio Run Time: 9:30
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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
11/4/2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250054661
ISBN10: 1250054664
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
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Thomas Dunne Books
October 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250027603
ISBN10: 1250027608
304 pages
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