Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson begins with Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and wealthy philanthropist, being unexpectedly attacked at a fundraiser by Ben Solomon. Ben accuses Elliot of being a former Nazi SS officer. When Ben’s accusations are dismissed he turns to attorney Catherine Lockhart to sue Elliott. As the lawsuit proceeds and Catherine gathers the information she needs we learn about Ben and his past and how that past involved Elliot.
The book is more about Ben’s story than about the lawsuit. I found his story gripping and it sucked me in. I loved the themes of love, greed, kindness and sacrifices for others even among terrible things, and power and the affects it has on people. I was reminded of the importance of remembering the Holocaust.
Though Once We Were Brothers is the first book in the Liam Taggart & Catherine Lockhart series I felt more drawn into the story of Ben than Liam & Catherine. Catherine as a lawyer involves her friend Liam, a private detective, to help her. I loved the story of Ben and found his character much more fascinating than Liam and Catherine. I am looking forward to continuing the series though and having more character development with Liam and Catherine.