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Man in the Blizzard
by Bart Schneider
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Three Rivers, 2008 (2008)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Augie Boyer smokes a lot of varietal herbs, which at times makes people tell him that he is getting paranoid. But his private eye instincts tell him that something very wrong is on the horizon. The Republican Convention is about to convene in Minneapolis, at the same time as a Right to Life gathering where women will be induced to start labor in tents set up on the Capitol lawn! Lives of three abortion doctors are threatened. Neo-Nazis tell the world that Jews back abortion so that the population of Gentiles will go down while larger numbers of Jews will eventually take over the world.

Add to that interesting mixture a subplot about valuable stringed instruments stolen from Jewish prisoners during World War II by the Nazis. Some of these violins, violas, and cellos have been missing since then but have recently turned up in the hands of an ultimate Neo-Nazi in the area. How did he obtain them? Why does he have them? His niece was a child prodigy and is now seeing a shrink to help her deal with her baggage. Augie's wife has left him and he still struggles with the dissolution of his twenty-something year marriage. His daughter Rose is a singing, songwriting protestor. Augie's love life is tangled and his social circle includes a poetry-reciting police detective!

Bart Schneider offers readers a very complicated plot that really, really works. He gets to vent his feelings about the turn the world has taken since the current President took office, incorporating them in a story you don't want to end but will keep reading to the grand finale. If you love classical music, you will love this book. If you love poetry, you will adore this book. If you love both, you will have reached nirvana. Schneider is also the author of Blue Bossa, Secret Love, and Beautiful Inez. He has won prizes with his writing, and gives us a very good read. Don't miss The Man in the Blizzard.

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