The blood libel
Winnipeg, 1911. Little Anna, who comprehends little English, is murdered after she overhears two men arguing. The killer mutilates her body and leaves behind items belonging to a rabbi.
Once the police identify the owner, they arrest him. Thus begins the blood libel, a false accusation against the Jews by people who believe that the Jews murder innocent children in a blood ritual. Years of medieval prejudice and bigotry have ingrained this fallacy into the minds of the many Eastern European immigrants who populate the boomtown in western Canada. Sam Klein, a street-wise man who protects the girls from unruly customers at a local brothel, agrees to investigate the murder. The clues lead him through a tangled web that began in Czarist Russia in 1883, and before he learns the truth, he must confront ethnic intolerance and the ghosts of his past and present.
This compelling page-turner grabs the reader from the start. Levine’s attention to historical detail paints a vivid picture that spirits the reader into frontier Winnipeg as if you are one of the passersby on the street watching the story unfold. His research and knowledge of the town and times make a totally fictitious event appear real. And his seamless weaving of the tale will keep the reader guessing until the very end.