Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Tuesday, August 21, 2012 / “Stealing from the Dead” by A.J. Zerries

Today’s featured book is Stealing from the Dead by A.J. Zerries.

"Stealing from the Dead" by A.J. Zerries

“Stealing from the Dead” by A.J. Zerries

Why I chose this book:

An old woman dies in her New York apartment. The apartment reveals little – in fact – too little. Detective Greta Strasser can’t leave it alone until she discovers a conspiracy that spans New York to Los Angeles on to Germany, Switzerland, and the Middle East. What started with the apparent natural death of an old woman in a New York apartment becomes a terrorist conspiracy and an attempt to steal millions of dollars from German Holocaust survivors. In a twist, to catch the killer, the detective is forced to impersonate the assassin she is attempting to apprehend. For the person who wakes up in the morning wondering about the meaning of his/her life, Zerries’ Strasser becomes an identifiable character. The story is a fast-moving police procedural with plenty of surprises, based upon a real-life believable scenario. A little trivia: Al and Jean Zerries (husband and wife) tag team together to form A. J. Zerries.

From Amazon:

“In Stealing from the Dead, detective Greta Strasser uncovers a brutal plot to steal millions from Holocaust survivors and fuel a vast terrorist conspiracy. Between 1933 and 1945, thousands of Jewish people deposited their money in Swiss bank accounts, hoping that they or their family might survive the Holocaust. However, when the survivors returned to reclaim their money, the banks claimed that the accounts never existed. Now, decades later, NYPD detective Greta Strasser, investigating the death of an elderly Jewish woman, stumbles onto a conspiracy that stretches from New York and Los Angeles to Germany, from Switzerland to the Middle East. Greta, recruited by a special task force, follows a trail of ruthless murders. The conspirators have hired an assassin to kill the people on the Claims Resolution Tribunal list. Greta, hell-bent on stopping the senseless deaths and enormous theft of funds, goes undercover to prevent the next murder, even though it means impersonating the assassin she hunts. With all the tension and excitement that fueled The Lost Van Gogh, A. J. Zerries has written another novel of enormous excitement and constantly building suspense.”

“A first-rate story about a NYPD cop who won’t quit no matter what obstacles are put in her way, or who puts them there. First-rate.” – David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author of Abyss

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Remember that these books are listed at a discount through Amazon. You also don’t have to purchase the version that is featured here. Many of these books are available in multiple formats: e–book, hardcover, softcover, and audio. Enjoy!

– Clay Stafford, Founder of Killer Nashville


About Clay Stafford

Clay Stafford is an author / filmmaker ( and founder of Killer Nashville ( As a writer himself, he has over 1.5 million copies of his own books in print in over 14 languages. Stafford’s latest projects are the feature documentary “One of the Miracles” ( and the music CD “XO” ( A champion of writers, Publishers Weekly has identified Stafford as playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” throughout “the nation’s book culture.” (PW 6/10/13)
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