David Peretz Novels

Description of THE MOSEL LEGACY

Vienna. March 1938. A desperate woman slips cautiously through the late-night street, clutching a bundle in her arms. Drunken Nazi supporters roam the streets like wild dogs, seeking confrontations with political opponents and Jews, as they wait for Hitler's Wehrmacht to cross the border into Austria. Flash forward more than fifty years to New York City. Ross Cortese, an NYPD detective, down on his luck, needs money. He takes Polaroids of two unusual pieces of furniture in his possession to a major auction house to determine if they have value. In Vienna, Erich Hanfnagel, a wealthy businessman and collector, learns that important pieces of Secession furniture have surfaced. Determined to add them to his collection, he sends his daughter to New York. Ross's discovery at the auction house, his suspicions about his father, and a powerful attraction to the beautiful Willi Hanfnagel, propel him on a journey to Vienna. There, behind the magnificent baroque facade of the city in which Hitler learned his lessons in the use of anti-Semitism as a political weapon, neo-Nazi forces plot the overthrow of the government.


Just published,  September 2009, The Broderick Curse features NYPD's Ross Cortese, joined by Sally McDevitt, ex-NYPD, now Chief of Detectives, Massachusetts State Police. A local man drops a fishing-line through a hole chopped into an iced-over pond. The line grows taut; he tugs and pulls up a skeletal hand. The skeleton found behind the wheel of a Mercedes sedan buried beneath murky waters provides the first clue to a colder-than- cold case. The case heats up as Ross and Sal investigate a tangled web of greed, corporate deceit, boardroom and bedroom intrigue, international conspiracy--and murder. 

Both novels are available on Amazon.com in Print or for Kindle.


This is what reviewers had to say about The Mosel Legacy:


suspects and the other people that we met in the story came to life as real people. This was topped off this with good pacing which turned into a page turner at the end of the book complete with suspense and unpredictability. He has put himself into the major leagues of detective novels . If Dr. Peretz decides to spend more time away from behind the couch in order to turn out a few more of these novels, I think he should find a ready and grateful audience.


"A page-turner that goes straight to the heart and the conscience. Well-paced, beautifully written. David Peretz is a welcome newcomer to the world of suspenseful fiction."- Ann Edwards, novelist and author of Streisand: A Biography.


 "Brimming with suspense and excitement, The Mosel Legacy is a powerhouse of a book. The storyline is exciting and Peretz knows how to hook the reader with a combination of poignancy and thrills." -Toby Bromberg writing in Romantic Times (gave it four and a half stars, the same rating as In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner by Elizabeth George, an Inspector Lynley mystery).



"From its prologue in Vienna as the Anschluss approaches, this powerful, swiftly paced and deeply moving first novel by David Peretz is difficult to put down."- Ruth Gruber, author of Raquela, Haven, Exodus 1947 and many more wonderful books, in Hadassah Magazine.


  "On the surface, David Peretz's Mosel Legacy is an adventurous, plot-driven cop thriller, albeit one with an unusual degree of historical, political and psychological savvy. But the book's greatest triumph is the manner in which it seamlessly interweaves philosophical themes of justice, retribution, heritage and identity into the gripping narrative. In the end, Mosel is a page-turner for the brain as much as for the heart."- Seth Rogovoy, (author of Klezmer and a soon-to-be released biography of Bob Dylan), reviewing in The Berkshire Eagle.

 Reader responses for THE MOSEL LEGACY



Here's what one reader had to say about The Mosel Legacy: "Good morning Doc David, and thank you for your book, The Mosel Legacy." Great read! I bought it from B&N and it arrived last week. Read a few chapters Sunday evening; read a few more chapters Monday evening; and then came the whammy--I was up until 2AM this morning finishing it off. Bleary-eyed today, but happy with a good read. Query: Were these folks real? I'm too tired today to look it all up (which I will probably do eventually). So how did you manage to break into my family's journals"........Your story was a reflection of much in my life and that of my family. I hope to see it on the big screen some day.  Thanks again for a great book...................          JNT, Attorney at Law, Charleston, West Virginia.

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