The Dolomite Challenge

How does one clean up a mess left by war?

Foreword Review

“Overall, the book offers a nice escape for lovers of historical, military, and spy or detective fiction. It’s a light read that covers thought-provoking topics and provides a unique glimpse into history.”

BlueInk Review

“The intricate plot is well-constructed, the tale well-paced. Joyce’s characters continually choose between personal and convenient morality, and in their choosing, paint a revealing, vivid picture of the effect of National Socialism and the immorality of war on the human psyche, and underscore the question: “What makes a person good?”

Ashlie S. Ricca Houston, Texas

“Well-written book with charming characters. Reading it made me feel like I was actually living in 1947!”

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The novel is the third installment of a series that follows the story of Inspector Karl Marbach. Set in the summer of 1947, Marbach conducts an investigation with encouragement from US Army Counterintelligence. He probes on Die Spinne, a Nazi war criminal escape route out of Germany and Austria. He and CIC Major Millican discover the existence of Odessa, a new escape route. As he and a few colleagues make their way to the destination, Marbach hopes to catch Dr. Heinrich Emhardt, a Nazi war criminal who plans to flee from Europe.

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Tom Joyce spent more than a year in Vienna, Austria, during his military service. He dealt with individuals seeking denazification for their activities in the 1930s and 1940s.

After his tenure in the military, he obtained his PhD in Cornell University. He has also taught criminology and sociology courses to FBI agents, police officers, and college students.

His other works include Habsburg Honor and Nazi Duty and Vienna: Years Ago.

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“I read it,” Millican said, making a dismissive motion with his hand.

“Is it true?” Marbach asked. He enjoyed pursuing mischief with Millican. They have been friends since the beginning of the Allied occupation of Austria in 1945, and teasing each other was one of the things that bonded them together.

Millican sighed. “I asked you to come along with me today, but I only did that because I was told. Frankly, I think it’s silly for you to come all the way from Vienna to have a meeting with Skorzeny just because he wants to talk with you. If he’s as smart as everyone says, he must know that afterward you’ll be telling CIC everything the two of you talked about.”

“I agreed to come along because you said that’s what CIC wanted. I knew Skorenzy in the old days. In 1938 he performed occasional services for Kripo, but we were never close, and I can’t imagine what he’d want me to talk about.”

“It’s a crazy world,” says Millican.

Marabach smiled. “Tell me, my young friend, are you Americans going to put Otto Skorzeny where he belongs? Are you going to hang him?”

“How the hell do I know? Well . . . yes, of course we’ll hang him. At the Battle of the Bulge, his guys wore GI uniforms and killed GI prisoners. Skorzeny deserves the rope.”


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