The German Suitcase by Greg Dinallo

The-German-SuitcaseThis is the first time that I have read this author, Greg Dinallo. One of the things I enjoy is learning a little about an author before I read him. Reading is an important investment of our time, and I consider my days on earth precious. I was excited with what I found.

Greg Dinallo has been involved in the production and writing of many of my favorite televison programs, and movies of the past. The Six Million Dollar Man, Quincy, McCloud,  Columbo, Charlie’s Angels, and Knight Rider are just some of them. I was thrilled to have to opportunity to read this work….and believe me, Mr. Dinallo did not disappoint me.

The German Suitcase is a phenomenal World War II thriller! It begins in New York City, where Stacey Dutton, a copywriter for  Gunther Global,  a prestigious advertising agency, finds an old suitcase in a pile of trash on the way to work.   It appears to have belonged to a prominent Jewish philanthropist and doctor. This suitcase becomes the impetuous for an idea about fantastic advertising campaign for the ageless company that made the suitcase, Steinbeck Luggage.

But what the suitcase contains will lead to an even greater find, and the unfolding of an incredulous secret as  Stacy’s journalist boyfriend, Adam Stevens becomes involved.  Because of the nature of this thriller, I am so hesitant to say too much. I can tell you that if you love writers like John Grisham, (especially his earlier books), then you will definitely enjoy Greg Dinallo. Another great feature is that the chapters traverse back and forth between Nazi Germany during the period, and today. This unfolds the story nicely, and makes it wonderfully educational. Though, it is a fictional work, the historical detail, I feel is very accurate, again a testimony to the quality of the author.

The imagery painted by Mr. Dinallo is striking, and is definitely for an adult audience, as some of the scenes and images that played out in my mind, though perhaps necessary, were disturbing. But, as is the nature of the Holocaust. The language is also very authentic, henceforth my reasons that I believe it is not for children.

I felt honored to have read this work. It is a story of great loss, great gain, redemption, guilt, and mostly true love and friendship amid the most devastating circumstances.  I walked away from this reading investment, with a much better understanding and respect for this historic catastrophe.

Interestingly, as I just finished the book today, I realized that it is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and I suppose no more fitting time to think and remember this tragedy.

The German Suitcase is really a brilliant book.

My thanks to Net Galley and Premier Digital Publishing for allowing me the privilege to read this wonderful work.


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