Who exactly is Danziger? He's a writer of letters for illiterate immigrants on Manhattan's Lower East Side - "a steadfast practitioner of concealing and forgetting" for his clients, and perhaps for himself: He hints at a much worldlier past. What and whoever he really is or has been, he has a seemingly boundless knowledge of the city and its denizens. And he knows much more than the mere identity of the floating corpse.
For one thing, he knows how the dead man was involved in New York City's "Little Deutschland", where swastikas were proudly displayed just months before. And he also seems to know how the investigation will put Cain - and perhaps his daughter and the woman he's fallen for - in harm's way.
©2016 Dan Fesperman (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC
Great narration brought this story to life. It would have been better IMHO if the narrative had kept the focus on Danzinger, the "letter writer", as he was a compelling character. The cop/good guy, Cain, was not nearly as interesting, and the story suffered when it shifted to his perspective.
It took some time for me to get used to The Letter Writer's voice. I almost stopped listening, but glad I didn't as the plots evolve in intriguing ways. I grew to like The Letter Writer and his slow careful enunciation with no contractions, and the mystery of his former name. This is a tale of New York city cops, in World War II times, gangsters, and the endearing relationship that develops between a detective, new to the big city's ways, and an old man who writes letters for New York immigrants unable to master their new home's language.
The reader does an outstanding job with the voices of the different characters and cultures.
I thoroughly enjoy Dan Fesperman's work. The Letter Writer continues his strong character and plot development. Further, we are treated to a vivid glimpse of a period of history and characters that populated that period.
Great story and loved the narration. NYC in the beginning of WWII. One of his best stories.
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