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Lumen

(1999)
(The first book in the Martin Bora series)
A novel by

 
 
In 1939 German-occupied Poland, an American priest and a German officer are brought together by the assassination of Mother Kazimierza, an nun with the gift of prophecy. Father Malecki, a tough Chicagoan, finds himself forced to collaborate with Captain Martin Bora, the young intelligence officer leading the murder investigation. Despite their difference in age, upbringing and beliefs, the men share an idealistic, burning desire for justice.

Malecki's fearlessness leads him into dangerous political waters, while Bora's sense of moral outrage is stoked by the genocidal actions of his compatriots. Separated from his attractive, egotistical wife, he is also at risk of losing his self-control to actress Ewa Kowalska and her beautiful daughter Helenka. An intellectual friendship develops between Malecki and Bora. Together, they will eventually not only solve the crime that threatens to cause a revolt in Poland, but also the unexpected, mysterious death of Bora's womanizing roommate. Will Father Malecki's soul-saving mission succeed in a land already bloodied by the Holocaust?

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"Superb combination of detective story, historical thriller and Catholic novel set in Nazi-occupied Cracow in 1939. Chilling and unforgettable." - Mike Ripley


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Hardback Editions

September 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lumen: A Novel
Author(s): Ben Pastor
ISBN: 0-9657639-4-3 / 978-0-9657639-4-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Van Neste Books
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Paperback Editions

January 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lumen (Martin Bora)
Author(s): Ben Pastor
ISBN: 1-904738-66-4 / 978-1-904738-66-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: BITTER LEMON PRESS
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Kindle Editions

May 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Lumen (Martin Bora)
Author(s): Ben Pastor
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
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April 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Lumen (Martin Bora Book 1)
Author(s): Ben Pastor
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
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