The Special Prisoner

The Special Prisoner

A Novel

Book - 2000
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Baker & Taylor
Fifty years after suffering and nearly dying in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp, former American pilot John Quincy believes he has fingered the Japanese man who caused so much misery and torture in the camp

Blackwell North Amer
The Special Prisoner takes it title from the designation the Japanese government gave U.S. airmen held prisoner during World War II - an indication of the severity with which these foreign devils responsible for bombing Japanese cities were to be treated. John Quincy Watson was a skilled young pilot flying B-29s over Japan when he was shot down and taken prisoner in 1945. Fifty years later, now a prominent religious figure nearing retirement, Bishop Watson believes he has long since overcome the excruciating memories of his months as a POW. But a chance sighting of the now equally elderly Japanese officer who repeatedly tortured him instantly transports the Bishop back to that unendurable time, and he finds himself overwhelmed by an uncontrollable desire for vengeance. The result for Watson is both a vivid return to the horrors of his past and the triggering of a new series of events that are also horrific - and tragic.
The Special Prisoner delves into the complicated issue of war guilt and forgiveness, starkly portrayed in the characters of an officer from a country that refuses to admit any wrongdoing and a clergyman who is committed to a belief that to forgive is divine.

Baker
& Taylor

Fifty years after suffering and nearly dying in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp, former American pilot John Quincy believes he has fingered the Japanese man who caused so much misery and torture in the camp. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375503719
0375503714
Branch Call Number: FICTION LEHRER
FICTION Leh
Characteristics: 227 p. ; 22 cm

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