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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Richter's War: Case of the Lady Crow is a paranormal adventure novella written by Daniel P. Douglas. Geno Richter did have the satisfaction of knowing that his assailant of the night before was in far worse shape -- in fact, the hulking Nazi was no longer breathing, but he had managed to do a number on Geno’s face before being dispatched. He had been on assignment at LA’s ritzy Cocoanut Grove nightclub in the Ambassador Hotel, at the request of his War Department boss, Dexter Jamison. And despite the previous evening’s activities and Geno’s wounds, Jamison wanted him at his office first thing the following morning. When he arrived at the Terminal Island shipyard serving as Jamison’s headquarters, Geno soon discovered what it was that had carved up his face so efficiently. Headquarters, Jamison informed him, had been able to intercept and decode the communique the Nazi had on his person. A political assassination was in the works, and, somehow, Geno and Jamison’s crew were the last line of defense to prevent it.
Daniel P. Douglas’ hard-boiled espionage novella, Richter's War, is a marvelous blend of World War ll history and the paranormal that builds on the well-documented obsession of Adolf Hitler and his Nazis with all things occult. I loved how the author makes the reader feel as though he is there watching the grand and gilded cavort at the Ambassador Hotel as servicemen await their orders and Geno and the War Department risk life and limb trying to stop the Nazi agents who seem especially adept at infiltrating and hiding in plain sight. Douglas has a deft touch with creating authentic and believable characters, and his plot fits neatly into the novella format. I have read and loved the first story in this series and was thrilled to discover a sequel. Richter's War is a grand read; it’s fast-paced, nicely noir, and suspenseful. And it stars a complex and compelling character in the person of Geno Richter. Richter's War is most highly recommended.