A page-turning debut novel that explores the difficulties of guilt and forgiveness, and an impossible friendship. Wounded on the Russian front, SS Obersturmführer Paul Meissner arrives in Auschwitz to improve flagging camp morale, and he sets up a chess club, allowing the men to gamble on the games. However, when he learns of a Jew who is 'unbeatable', Meissner sets out to discover the truth behind this rumour, and what he finds will haunt him to his death.
John Donoghue has worked in mental health for over twenty years and written numerous articles about the treatment of mental illness in a variety of medical journals. He is married and lives in Liverpool.