The Longest Night Book Summary and Study Guide

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Putnam, Aug 2004, 24.95, 384 pp.
ISBN: 0399151702

In 1943, American hit man Leonard "Mouse" Weiss knows he is fortunate to still be alive as he botched up his last assignment by allowing a witness to survive. Brooklyn Jewish crime boss Meyer Lansky knows that Mouse has been a loyal employee for years, but must make an example to others that failure is unacceptable, but does not want to have his man killed yet he cannot have him hang around the town.
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Instead, he decides to give Mouse a second chance when Danish Jews contact the mob boss for help. To make a case for world intervention, they need money and weapons to seize a train carrying Dutch Jews to certain death. Mouse will make the drop, but the New York thug, who considered absconding with the loot, finds he wants to help the resistance, but also lands in trouble in which failure means the deaths of not just him but also the innocents involved.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Escape/rescue behind enemy lines?    -   Yes War-time military intelligence mission?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   accused criminal Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Scandinavia

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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