In John Smolens’ riveting new novel, Wolf's Mouth, the action begins in 1944, in Camp Au Train, a lumber camp near Munising, Michigan. But it’s not a typical lumber camp. It’s a Prisoner Of War camp, one of the many in Michigan during World War II.
The prisoners are mostly Germans, with a smattering of other nationalities.
But even in an American-run POW camp, the Nazis secretly hold the reins, meting out a cruel justice to anyone who disobeys Kommandant Vogel, a man known for vengeance and violence.
Yet one Italian soldier, Francesco Verdi, dares to defy Vogel. It’s a choice that will have repercussions for the rest of his life. He also happens to be the narrator of Wolf's Mouth.