The Case Against My Brother
In this compelling mystery, 15-year-old Carl Matuski and his older brother Adam, recently orphaned, move from Baltimore to Portland, Oregon in 1922, when Adam becomes the prime suspect in the theft of jewelry from his wealthy girlfriend’s home. As Adam goes on the run, Carl is determined to clear his name, because he believes that he has been accused only because he is a Polish Catholic, and Portland has become a hotbed of anti-Catholic bigotry as its citizens are about to vote on the Oregon School Question, which would outlaw parochial schools. With the help of newspaper reporter Vincent Briggs, Carl searches for the real thief, even when confronted by the Ku Klux Klan, a bigoted police officer, and a vicious gambling ring.
The Case Against My Brother is a beautifully written mystery and coming of age story. The reader sympathizes with Carl as he discovers that the older brother who had always taken care of him is not the hero he had always believed him to be, and that now their roles are reversed: Carl has to protect Adam and confront the forces of bigotry and hatred that he never knew existed. Ages 12 and up.