A city ignited by hate. A man in thrall to power. The ferociously original award-winning bestseller by Poland’s literary phenomenon – his first to be translated into English.
It’s 1937. Poland is about to catch fire.
In the boxing ring, Jakub Szapiro commands respect, revered as a hero by the Jewish community. Outside, he instills fear as he muscles through Warsaw as enforcer for a powerful crime lord. Murder and intimidation have their rewards. He revels in luxury, spends lavishly, and indulges in all the pleasures that barbarity offers. For a man battling to be king of the underworld, life is good. Especially when it’s a frightening time to be alive.
Hitler is rising. Fascism is escalating. As a specter of violence hangs over Poland like a black cloud, its marginalized and vilified Jewish population hopes for a promise of sanctuary in Palestine. Jakub isn’t blind to the changing tide. What’s unimaginable to him is abandoning the city he feels destined to rule. With the raging instincts that guide him in the ring – and on the streets – Jakub feels untouchable. He must maintain the order he knows. Even as a new world order threatens to consume him.
I lived in Eastern Europe and travelled extensively throughout the Soviet-dominated states.
I was very fortunate to meet people who lived in Poland through WWll and willingly shared their stories with me.
When my posting to Moscow, USSR, was coming to a close, I requested I be posted to Warsaw. Though that didn’t occur, I travelled throughout Poland, loving and respecting many people I met.
IIn my soon-to-be-released book ” THE BRIDGE” you will be able to meet some of these fantastic people..
Apple offers an Audio copy of “The King of Warsaw.”