At 72, Stanley Peke’s memory isn’t what it used to be. So when the movers who will be relocating his possessions across the country show up a day early, he thinks he wrote down the wrong date, and is too embarrassed to question it. It’s not until the next morning when the doorbell rings that he discovers he and his wife, Rose, are the victims of a scam. Being robbed of everything he owns brings back long-repressed memories of his childhood in Poland, hiding in barns and fields to avoid being discovered by the Nazis.
Peke decides he wants his things back. It’s not the items themselves, which are, after all, just things. Having lost everything once before, and working hard for the life he has, he just wants what’s his. Through the use of a GPS tracking device hidden in a watch in his safe-deposit box, he tracks the thief to his hideout deep in the Montana woods, kicking off a series of events that force him to face his past in ways he never imagined.
Moving Day is a thriller, but it’s not a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat kind of book, at least initially. There’s a lot of introspection, decisions made, plans set in motion. The story alternates between Peke and the thief, who not only feels no remorse for what he has done to hard-working elderly people, but is proud of the scheme he’s run successfully dozens of times. The more successful he is, the more sure he is he won’t get caught, and he underestimates Peke, making mistakes that only serve to anger him. The pace does pick up with the cat-and-mouse game between Peke and the thief, both intelligent and resourceful men with more in common than either one would care to admit.
Peke is referred to as a World War II survivor, but in what capacity he survived is not clear until late in the book. Even Rose does not know the details of his childhood in Poland and the things he did to survive.
The writing style of Moving Day lends more to the literary fiction genre than thriller, and there were times I wished the pace would pick up a bit, but I enjoyed the story and recommend it.
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Sheila K. says
There is something so compelling about stories of retribution for the grievous harm some people cause to others—perhaps it is the sociological and psychological need of a society to bring order to chaos. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this book!
The basic premise of the underground in WWII was that individuals could, and must, act against evil. It’s a thought that seems to have lost value amongst professionals, all to many of whom seem to be part of the problem.
Linda Kish says
That’s a horrible thing to do to anyone. It sounds like Peke will be the victor but at what cost?
Terry Maigi says
I love thrillers. This book looks really interesting!
The whole premise of this books sounds fascinating. I hope Stanley can thwart the terrible thieves.
Liza Vladyka says
i <3 thrillers and to get incite on Poland is nice
Les Johnson says
I like that it is a thriller. I love those kinds of books. The story sounds very interesting.
Anita Yancey says
What interests me is that it is a thriller, they are my favorite books. I love Peke’s character, he may be old but he seems tough.
Angela Saver says
This books interests me because it looks like a really enticing thriller that I would enjoy! I love these types of books!
Heather J says
Thanks for being a part of the tour!
Misha Estrada says
I think it sounds interesting and mysterious.
I like thrillers, this looks pretty absorbing.
Thrillers are probably my favorite genre to read. Even though I’ve seen other books by this author I’ve not read anything he’s written so it would be nice to discover a new author.
Pamela j says
I’m a fan of thrillers and this book sounds pretty interesting.