The first quarter of the book takes us through the thoughts and actions of these two men...Lodzi Ashstein, a Jewish teen who is taken from his home, and Janich Heiss, a member of Hitler's elite, who tortured Lodzi for sport. The second quarter follows their escape from Germany and the lives that they lived in America. The second half of the book takes place many years later, and it is where we meet Thaddeus Murfee, a defense attorney living in Chicago. This is actually the seventh in the Thaddeus Murfee series, and those who follow him will enjoy seeing him in action.
When Thaddeus meets Lodzi, he is drawn to the survivor's story and the reader is lucky enough to watch a well written court case play out. Ellsworth's characters are always interesting, and I find myself emotionally invested in each part of the story. There is a sub plot that reintroduces Turquoise, Murfee's adopted daughter who played a big role in a previous book. Both story lines introduced thought-provoking questions that kept me thinking deep into the night.
Unspeakable Prayers is definitely a worthwhile read. Its mix of history and current legal cases is done in a way that keeps the reader engaged throughout. If you like a book that challenges your ideas of right and wrong than this should definitely make your list.
Publisher - Subjudica House
Date of Publication - January 27, 2015