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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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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

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  • 27-11-21

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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  • 20-11-21

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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  • Tera Bzdelik
  • 22-10-21

Too similar to other book

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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  • Rochelle Jewel Shapiro
  • 03-10-21

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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  • jeo2
  • 02-10-21

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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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 01-10-21

Great Read

Defending Britta Stein: A Novel (Liam Taggart & Catherine Lockhart #6) was a good read by Ronald H. Balson. This was a great story of bravery, betrayal, and redemption. Ole Henryks is a popular restaurant owner who is to be honored by the Danish/American Association for his civic and charitable contributions. He is well known for his actions in Nazi occupied Denmark during World War II with many people considering him a hero. Britta Stein is a ninety year old woman who doesn't believe he is a hero. She has leveled public accusations on him calling him a coward, traitor, collaborator and war criminal. She is taken into custody and charged due to spray painting those words on his business. Henryks and his son wage a bitter lawsuit on her. Attorney Catherine Lockhart hesitantly takes on Mrs. Stein's case. I enjoyed reading this book and can't wait to read more by the author.

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  • L. Keith
  • 30-09-21

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-09-21

Love these books!

You learn so much as the stories are so well researched, this one about Denmark was fascinating they were an incredible country in the face of such horror and devastation.

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  • Karthik Yadati
  • 28-09-21

Another excellent listen

I keep waiting for Ronald’s books and he has never disappointed! This book is another masterful story of a WWII survivor family.

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  • paula wright
  • 27-09-21

So good and very informative

I love all of the books by ronald balson I was not real familiar with Denmark during ww2 and how their Jews were treated. Far far better than any other European counties . To me a great author of historical fiction is one where there is an interesting story set against great historical event that might otherwise be boring Can’t even wait for his next book