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Larry Stillman

Born: 1942 in Milawaukee, Wisconsin
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Stillman lived in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

Biography: After 30 years in the advertising business, Larry Stillman turned to his new passion, becoming an author. His first book is the award-winning true story of a teenager during the Holocaust entitled ''A Match Made in Hell''. It was published in 2003. He then turned to the genre of historical novel with ''The Rope Catcher'', the story of the Navajo code talkers both during and after WWII. Stillman recently moved from suburban Chicago to Tucson, Arizona. He is presently at work on another historical novel, set in 19th century Nova Scotia.

  • '''''A Match Made in Hell

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Young adult readers

Larry Stillman on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

A match made in hell :
ISBN: 9780299193942 OCLC: 673384034

University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Wis. : ©2003.

When Moniek (Morris) Goldner and his family were uprooted from their Polish farming village during a German aktion, the child-sized sixteen-year-old fled into the forests. He eventually met up with his father, who had also escaped, and together they managed to survive until a former friend betrayed the pair. Wounded and left for dead beneath his father's murdered body, Goldner was rescued by the enigmatic outlaw Jan Kopec, who was also in hiding, looking for ways to profit from his criminal expertise. For eighteen months Kopec hid the boy with him, moving from one area to another, often staying in hideouts he had fashioned years earlier. At first Kopec trained Goldner simply to serve as his accomplice in robberies and black market activities. But before long he pushed the training to a whole new level, making it possible for him to sell Goldner's services to a shadowy resistance group which was becoming interested in the daring young saboteur. And, through it all, these two disparate personalities - the quiet, small-framed boy and the stocky, callous mercenary - forged a remarkable friendship and co-dependency born of need and desperation in a hellish time and place.--Jacket.

  The Rope catcher :
ISBN: 9781475955521 OCLC: 818144069

iUniverse, Bloomington, IN : ©2012.

It is April of 1942, and 28-year-old Jimmie Goodluck leadsd an aimless existence on the Navajo reservation, where he knows only poverty, prejudice, and lack of opportunity. Everything changes whenhe hears a U.S. Marine Corps recruitment message on the radio. Without a second thought, Jimmie heads out toward what he hopes will be a new and meaningful life. As a marine recruit, Jimmie becomes a code talker. he ahd his small, all-Navajo platoon develop a highly-classified code using the Navajo language - the only code in World War II the enemy cannot break. For the first time ever, Jimmie experiences equality, respect, and even admiratin -- everything he's dreamed about all his life. But it is only when he returns home four years later that he discovers the devastating truth about what can happen after yur dreams come true.