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Before the court of heaven

By Jack Mayer
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Historical fiction based on the true story of Ernst Techow, a young fascist assassin responsible for the 1922 murder of the highest-ranking Jew in Weimar Germany, Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau. Rathenau’s mother’s letter, read at Ernst’s trial, offers her forgiveness if he confesses his guilt and repents before the court of heaven. Her letter becomes the fulcrum of Ernst’s redemption. A literary portrayal of Germany from the beginning of the 20th Century to W. W. II, BEFORE THE COURT OF HEAVEN is also a thriller and the tender love story of Ernst and Lisa.

About Jack Mayer

Jack Mayer

Jack Mayer is a pediatrician and a writer. He began practicing pediatrics in 1976 in Enosburg Falls, Vermont, a small town in eastern Franklin County on the Canadian border. His was the first pediatric practice in that half of the county. He was a country doctor there for ten years, often bartering medical care for eggs, firewood, and knitted afghans. From 1987 – 1991 Dr. Mayer was a National Cancer Institute Fellow at Columbia University School of Public Health in New York City, researching the molecular biology of childhood cancer. Most of his scientific writing was done during those four years. He was also an academic pediatrician at Columbia University’s Presbyterian Medical Center.

Other Honors and Awards

2015 Nautilus Book Award Winner – Fiction – Silver medal

2016 Finalist – Grand Prize (Eric Hoffer Award) – Fiction

2016 First Horizon Award (Eric Hoffer Award) Finalist – Fiction

Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist – Historical Fiction

2015 Mom’s Choice Award – Gold Medal – Historical Fiction

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Best Novel Fall 2015

2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards – Finalist – “Faction” – fiction based on true stories.

A Best Indie Book of 2015 – IndieReader (5-stars)

Shelf Unbound – Notable Indie – 2015 Best Indie Books.

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