Pottinger, Stan. The Last Nazi. St. Martin’s. August 2003. c336p. ISBN 0-312-27676-1. $24.95. Fiction.

In 1944, Adalwolf, the foster son of Dr. Mengele, is responsible for calming children who are slated to undergo fatal medical experiments in the concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Fifty-eight years later, Adalwolf is living in the United States under an assumed identity. In public, he is a doctor with his own fertility clinic; in private, he is working on a deadly virus that functions only when certain genetic markers are present. Melissa Gale, a lawyer for the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations (the “Nazi hunters”), is trying to have a baby with her journalist husband David. What seems at first a well-developed subplot soon reveals itself to be a major issue. Melissa learns that she is about to be turned into an ethnic biological weapon of mass destruction, capable of wiping out the 13million Jews in the world. On this premise, rendered believable by thorough research and convincing characterization, Pottinger (The Fourth Procedure) spins a tale that grabs the reader by the throat as it takes stunning twists and turns in its drive to a heart-stopping conclusion. Be prepared to feel horror for a vaillain who is not only the last Nazi but also one of the most terrifying. Highly recommended.

LJ, 128, no. 12 (July 2003), 125.

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