Defending Britta Stein: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2021
11 hours 45 minutes
Defending Britta Stein is 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 ninety-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
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Bruce R C.

An amazing and well-told story. From a very personal vantage point, it provided a spotlight for the heroism and strength of the Danish people during the Holocaust. The narrator’s ability to portray Britta and allow you to experience her earlier life was mesmerizing.

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Karla E.

Meaningful and well told.

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