Historical/Suspense ; Suspense/Thriller ; Adult Literary
Date Published: 09-01-2022
Publisher: Endicott Street Press
Paris, 1954. Eli Cole, American attaché, wants only one thing: to
avenge his wife’s murder. But the trail has gone cold. After two
years, drinking to his beloved Liana’s memory is all he has left
— until the secrets she took to the grave come back to shatter them
all. A hidden photo, a Gestapo file, an unsent letter: these are some of the
clues Eli must piece together if he is to understand Liana’s secret
life, and her mysterious mission. But the clock is ticking. Powerful new
enemies are out to give Eli a one-way ticket back to the United States
— in a pinewood box.
With the help of Liana’s father and sister, an old war buddy come
abroad, and a cunning teenage girl, Eli unravels the events that led to his
wife’s death. But getting justice won’t be easy. The more Eli
reveals of Liana’s secret past, the more his devotion to her is tested
by her deceit. Can Eli allow himself to recognize the entirety of the woman
he married? Will Liana’s last art piece, a spectacular glass tree,
give Eli the assurance he needs to continue believing in the sanctity of
The Glass Tree is a fast-paced, unpredictable mystery, and it is also the
story of one man’s attempt to untangle the complexities of betrayal,
love and forgiveness.
About the Author
Michael J. Manz lives in Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley and is a rare
bookseller by trade. Except for a few years spent in Chicago, he is a
lifelong New Englander. The only place he’d rather be, at least some
of the time, is Paris, where he has been known to wander the streets in
search of old bookshops, great cafes and forgotten bars. He is the past
organizer of the Protagonists and Procrastinators writers’ group and
has from childhood been scratching away at some kind of story or another.
Michael holds a BA in English from Keene State College. The Glass Tree is
his first novel.