"A Crime in the Family" by Sacha Batthyany; Dacapo Press (224 pages, $28)
"A Crime in the Family" is a brilliant memoir and mystery rolled into one. Driven to learn more about secrets partially revealed in his dead grandmother's diary, author Sacha Batthyany journeys to the bowels of concentration camps, to survivors' homes and to the Austrian castle that sheltered Nazis and his family during World War II.
His anguished search for the painful truth takes him and readers to postwar Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Russia and even Argentina. His brutal discoveries also land him on a psychiatrist's couch as he tries to make sense of decades of family silence. This book is a fascinating jaunt, examining the raw legacy of war crimes and multi-generational blame and guilt. It is well worth the read.