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Publisher's Summary

A story of bravery, betrayal, and redemption - from the winner of the National Jewish Book Award.

Chicago, 2018: Ole Henryks, a popular restauranteur, is set to be honored by the Danish/American Association for his many civic and charitable contributions. Frequently appearing on local TV, he is well known for his actions in Nazi-occupied Denmark during World War II - most consider him a hero. 

Britta Stein, however, does not. The 90-year-old Chicago woman levels public accusations against Henryks by spray-painting “Coward”, “Traitor”, “Collaborator”, and “War Criminal” on the walls of his restaurant. Mrs. Stein is ultimately taken into custody and charged with criminal defacement of property. She also becomes the target of a bitter lawsuit filed by Henryks and his son, accusing her of defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. 

Attorney Catherine Lockhart, though hesitant at first, agrees to take up Mrs. Stein's defense. With the help of her investigator husband, Liam Taggart, Lockhart must reach back into wartime Denmark and locate evidence that proves Mrs. Stein's innocence. Defending Britta Stein is critically acclaimed author Ronald H. Balson's thrilling take on a modern-day courtroom drama, and a masterful rendition of Denmark’s wartime heroics. 

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

©2021 Ronald H. Balson (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"This brilliantly imagined novel [is] part courtroom drama, part historical reckoning. Chock-full of finely wrought detail about the war and dashed with suspense and intrigue, it's a must-read for historical fiction buffs." (Newsweek)

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Amazing!

I so look forward to these stories and now I'm sad it's done. Well written and a wonderful performance! Can't wait until the next book!!

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Superb Storyteller

I have enjoyed each of Balsons books but this one is by far my favorite. I always feel such a connection to his characters and am drawn in immediately!

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Defending Britta Stein by Ronald Balson

This story was totally engaging from the start
I find this true of all his books! I was sad for this audible listen to end.. The narration was 5 star as well!
I highly recommend to historical fiction fans, I listen to a great number of historical fiction books, never have I heard anything about Denmark!! I enjoyed learning about Denmark & Germany’s relationship! I love this authors writing & look forward to his next release!

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Good read

I like this author’s style, format and characters. This story details and ending were predictable. No surprises. Others I have read by this author have had more surprises and story twists. Great narrator.

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Great read!

I was amazed at Denmark determination to protect the Danish Jews from deportation to death camps. The Danish people were willing to hide and defend their Jewish citizen more than any other European country. This book was well written and I would highly recommend it.

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Wow. Another great story

I love Bolsom’s books in this series and this is no exception. I learned so much about Danish Resistance and how brave the Danish people were and loyal to so many of their Jewish citizens. Very well written, and I thoroughly enjoyed the current day legal drama and back and forth to WW2 Denmark.

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Great book!!

Another great book by Ronald H.Balson! His series with Catherine Lockhart and Liam Taggert are SO good!! Hoping he writes another one soon!!

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The story was good but it was too similar to when we were brothers which was read by a better audio

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so much history in this suspenseful novel

I wasn't familiar with how the Danes helped protect their Jewish citizens from the Nazis. what a heroic story. the best of humanity except for a few.

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Great Story Teller

As usual Ronald Bolsom does a fantastic job of spinning a story from World War II era and the holocaust. There is no exception for this book.

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  • 12-16-21

A tragic yet enlightening story

Thank for your latest holocaust story. It was very moving and also very informative about what happened in Denmark during the war. It was not a story I was familiar with.

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  • 10-08-21

Undoubtedly a good noelbut a repeated story

I enjoyed this book but felt a tead cheated as it was identical to other novels by author Narration was good but no Liam this time