Second Lieutenant Tommy Hart, the navigator whose B-25 was shot out of the sky in 1942, is burdened with guilt as the only surviving member of his crew. Now he is just another kriegie ("war captured") at the fiercely guarded Stalag Luft 13 in Bavaria.
Then routine comes to a halt with the arrival of a new prisoner: First Lieutenant Lincoln Scott, an African American Tuskegee airman who instantly becomes the target of contempt from his fellow soldiers. His most notable adversary is Vincent Bedford, a decorated bomber captain from Mississippi. The hatred between the two men is as volatile as a grenade ready to be detonated.
When a prisoner is brutally murdered, and all the blood-soaked evidence points to Scott, Hart is tapped to defend the soldier, who steadfastly claims his innocence. Yet from the start, Hart senses he has been chosen merely to make a show of defending the accused in what is presumed to be an open-and-shut case.
In a trial rife with racial tension and raw conflict, where the lines between ally and enemy blur, there are those with their own secret motives - and a burning passion for a rush to judgment; no matter the cost.
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HART'S WARUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A courtroom drama with an interesting spin on "change of venue," the venue here being a German POW camp. Lieutenant Tommy Hart, sole survivor of a downed B-25, is spending his war in Stalag Luft 13 ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ZoharLaor - LibraryThing
This book shows a lot of effort on the side of the author to capture the feel, sounds, and smells of an American POW camp during W.W.II. Even though the story is sometimes predictable, it is still a wonderful read. I enjoyed it, and for the last 100 pages could not put the book down. Read full review